James Arnold Colmer NEWBOULD


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Career: 1895
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Debut: v North Adelaide (Adelaide) 10th August 1895


A lover of manly sports, Arnold Newbould showed some promise at Norwood before becoming a consummate public servant in the legal sphere.

Born in Adelaide on 20 October 1874 to the Reverend William Newbould and his wife Jane, née Shakespeare, Arnold  was educated at the Sturt Street Public School and Prince Alfred College. Late in the 1890 intercollegiate match, he capped a magnificent long run with a goal which iced the cake in PAC’s 8.13 to 2.6 victory over St Peter’s.  In 1893, in the first old scholars’ match of its kind, he was a member of the Prince Alfred team which defeated St Peter’s 4.6 to 3.4.

Playing for Norwood seconds in 1894, he was selected in the Adelaide and Suburban representative team which lost by five goals to the Gawler Football Association at Gawler.  A year later he did well in the Norwood seconds' defeat of Prospect, 9 goals to 1.3.  Selected in the Norwood senior side, he kicked a goal in the first few seconds to set the pattern for a 14.14 to 4.7 demolition of North Adelaide before a paltry crowd at Adelaide Oval on 10 August 1895.

Arnold entered the Office of the Attorney-General as a cadet in March 1891 and quickly made his mark.  In 1897 he was transferred to Peterborough as clerk of the Local Court and clerk of the North Eastern Licensing Bench.  Four years later he was appointed clerk of the Local Court  at Port Pirie.

In 1903 he married Margaret Geddes, daughter of local mayor and businessman Charles Geddes, at the Port Pirie Congregational Church.  Arnold subsequently spent six years at Mount Gambier, where he heard many cases in police and magistrates courts before crowning his career in Adelaide as a highly regarded Registrar of Insolvency.

Arnold, whose father was the minister at the Truro Congregational Church for 30 years, served as a deacon at Stow Memorial Church. After some months of ill-health, he died at the age of 52 at his Glen Osmond residence, ‘Rosebank’, on 2 April 1927.  He was survived by his widow and his sister Mabel (Mrs A. W. Shannon)

P Robins, D Cox Oct 2019

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