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Hugo Throssell Memorial

Author

Shire of Mundaring

Place Number

03838
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Location

Cnr Old York Rd & Gt Eastern Hwy Greenmount

Location Details

Local Government

Mundaring

Region

Metropolitan

Construction Date

Constructed from 1954

Demolition Year

N/A

Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2016

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 22 Apr 1997 2 -Considerable significance

2 -Considerable significance

High degree of integrity/ authenticity; very important to the heritage of the locality Expectations: Conservation of the place is highly desirable. Any alterations or extensions should minimise impacts on the original site or building and reinforce the significance of the place.

Statewide War Memorial Survey Completed 01 May 1996

Heritage Council
Classified by the National Trust Classified 20 Aug 1981

Heritage Council
Register of the National Estate Indicative Place

Heritage Council
Register of the National Estate Nominated 30 Apr 1982

Heritage Council

Statement of Significance

The Hugo Throssell Memorial has high social and historic significance in its commemoration of its namesake, it also has some aesthetic significance for its landmark value on Great Eastern Highway.

Physical Description

The Hugo Throssell Memorial is an octagonal gazebo at the edge of the Highway in Greenmount. It's enclosing, half height, grey granite walls, together with it's mottled orange 'Marseilles pattern terra-cotta tiled roof provides a shady retreat on the hot busy highway. The colour of the tiled roof does not sit all that comfortably with the blue/grey granite of the walls. One could question as to whether the tiled roof was a later replacement for corrugated iron introduced on the occasions when the memorial has been rebuilt or relocated.

History

The memorial to Hugo (Jim) Throssell VC, on the north-east corner of Great Eastern Highway and Old York Road, has had an interesting history. Captain Throssell, son of former State Premier George Throssell of Northam, received his Victora Cross for single-handed capture of a Turkish trench on 15th August 1915, during the ill-fated ANZAC Cove campaign. In 1917, while recovering in England from woundsd, he met Fijian born nurse and writer Katharine Susannah Pritchard. They married in Melbourne in 1919, and returned to the West soon afterwards, purchasing the property at Greenmount, part of which is known as Katharine's Place. In 1933, after some unwise land speculation , and failure of the "Lazy H Ranch", in Greenmount, Jim Throssell committed suicide while his wife was overseas.
The idea for the memorial to the man erroneously thought to be Western Australia's first VC winner came from his widow. The original concept for the memorial, as described in the "West Australian" of June 1937, was for a drinking fountain for pedestrians and a watering trough for Throssell's beloved horse. In 1939, Katharine transferred to the Mundaring Road Board land she owned at the corner of the new and old York Roads. Possibly due to the intervention of WWII, the memorial was not built and unveiled until February 1954. It then took the form of a rotunda or bus shelter with a rock edged garden. It has been suggested the the stones came from Coppin Road quarried and that the builder Egisto Simonelli numbered the stones to assist construction. Since then, it has been subjected to damage from runaway vehicles, and in the early 1980's it was moved to accommodate the widening of Great Eastern Highway.

Integrity/Authenticity

Integrity: High

Condition

Good

References

Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
I Elliot; ibid. pp 212-213
MHHS file "Greenmount";
Swan Express, 'Hugo Throssell VC: memorial unveiled', p.1 March 1954,
Interview,; "Mr A Simonelli, son of Egisto." October 1995,
West Australian;"'Memorial to Captain Throssell" 5th June 1937
National Trust Assessment November 1981
West Australian-Eastern Suburban News, 3rd July 1980.;
RTC Throssell; "Wild Weeds & Wind Flowers". pp.69-70

Place Type

Other Built Type

Uses

Epoch General Specific
Present Use MONUMENT\CEMETERY Monument
Original Use MONUMENT\CEMETERY Monument

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof TILE Terracotta Tile
Wall STONE Granite

Historic Themes

General Specific
OUTSIDE INFLUENCES World Wars & other wars
PEOPLE Famous & infamous people

Creation Date

26 Jul 1995

Publish place record online (inHerit):

Approved

Last Update

10 Feb 2017

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