Edith Dircksey Cowan Humane Award

This award recognises a person or people who, in an isolated event or incident, demonstrated exceptional courage and bravery in rescuing an animal or animals.


  • Available to one or more individuals over the age of 18
  • The individual(s) being nominated is from Western Australia
  • The act/actions happened between 1 July 2019 to 30 July 2021

In 2021, the RSPCA WA Humane Award will be presented in honour of Edith Dircksey Cowan, to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of her election to WA Parliament. On 12 March 1921, Edith Cowan became the first woman elected to an Australian parliament, and she fought hard for many social issues of the time. Edith Cowan as a founding member of The West Australian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which would eventually become RSPCA WA.

(Nominations for 2021 have now closed)

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