|Full name||Arthur Coningham|
|Born||14 July 1863|
Emerald Hill, Victoria, Australia
|Died||13 June 1939 (aged 76)|
Gladesville, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
Arthur Coningham ( born 14 July 1863, Emerald Hill, Victoria. died 13 June 1939, Gladesville, New South Wales) was an Australian cricketer who played in one Ashes Test in Melbourne in 1894 in which he took a wicket with his very first ball. He took 2 for 17 in England's first innings but failed to add to that tally in the second.
He was renowned as something of a joker. In an effort to stay warm while fielding in a tour match in 1893 at a frigid Blackpool he gathered straw and twigs and started a fire on the outfield.
He found life difficult after he retired from the game, serving time in jail for fraud, and he died in an asylum. Coningham was involved in a famous scandal in 1899 when he sued his wife for divorce on the basis of her adultery with a Catholic priest, Fr Denis O'Haran, personal secretary to Cardinal Moran. The jury found against Coningham and the couple emigrated to New Zealand; in 1912, his wife divorced him for adultery.