Architect Horrie Hancock came to Canberra in 1939 to work in the Department of Works and Housing. Investigated as a suspected Communist sympathiser, he nevertheless continued in the Department until retirement in 1955.
In retirement, Horrie set up a private architectural business and was a founding member and first president of the ACT Subnormal and Incapacitated Children's Welfare Association - now known as the Koomarri Association.
Horrie and his wife Ruby were tireless advocates for disabled children.
Further biographical detail about Horrie Hancock is available on our website, as is a history of the Canberra Citizen of the Year Award and a full list of awardees.
The 40th consecutive Canberra Citizen of the Year will be announced by the Chief Minister during Canberra Day Celebrations in March 2016.