Arthur Terrell and his older brother Fred came from the defunct Woodville Football Club and quickly proved their worth as foundation Norwood players
Arthur was a cool-headed performer with great judgement in marking and a fine drop-kick. He and Fred were among the best Norwood players over the 1878 season and both appeared in all 12 games. They celebrated a second premiership together in 1879.
Arthur was born in 1861 in the Talunga region of South Australia, near Gumeracha, the fourth son of John Beaton Terrell and his wife Mary, who was a sister of prominent colonial grain merchant and ship-owner William Cave. Arthur had three older brothers, Thomas, Fred and William, and younger siblings Ernest, Walter, Hannah and Ruth.
Arthur was educated at North Adelaide Grammar School. As a young man he excelled at football at Woodville in 1876 and 1877, with his older brothers, and then at Norwood for two seasons before embarking on a business career. He became a member of the Adelaide Stock Exchange in 1899 but moved to Melbourne in the new century. He was one of the founders of the Zinc Corporation in 1905.
He married Elizabeth Hall Herring, of Adelaide, in Melbourne in 1901. They had three surviving children, Arthur, Edna and John, all of whom left for London aboard the SS Osterley with their mother in 1912. Arthur junior was a lieutenant in the British Army and died of wounds at Étaples in World War I. Edna married Pilot Officer Albert de Bathe, Bart, who was killed on active service in World War II. He was a nephew of the actress Lily Langtry and her husband Hugo Gerald de Bathe, and grandson of Sir Henry de Bathe, 4th Baronet.
Arthur Bishop Terrell died at East Camberwell on 9 June 1931. His wife in England survived until 28 November 1947.
Whimpress, B 1878; Norwood’s first year
, by B Whimpress, research by M Coligan. Norwood Football Club History Group, 2013 p 89
P Robins, D Cox Sept 2020