Arthur Coningham (cricketer)
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Arthur Coningham
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Personal information
Full nameArthur Coningham
Born(1863-07-14)14 July 1863
Emerald Hill, Victoria, Australia
Died13 June 1939(1939-06-13) (aged 76)
Gladesville, New South Wales, Australia
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
BattingLeft-hand bat
BowlingLeft-arm fast-medium
RoleAll rounder
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 35
Runs scored 13 896
Batting average 6.50 15.71
100s/50s 0/0 1/2
Top score 10 151
Balls bowled 186
Wickets 2 112
Bowling average 38.00 23.24
5 wickets in innings 0 7
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 2/17 6/38
Catches/stumpings 0/0 28/0
Source: ESPNcricinfo
Coningham pictured middle (front row) with the 1893 Australia national cricket team

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] The jury found against Coningham and the couple emigrated to New Zealand; in 1912, his wife divorced him for adultery.[3]

His son was the World War I air ace and World War II commander Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham. Coningham died in 1939 and was buried in the Rookwood Cemetery.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ Cricinfo
  2. ^ Roebuck, Peter (2 September 2011). "New flingers and old selectors, take a bow". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ a b Nairn, Bede. "Coningham, Arthur (1863 - 1939)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Archived from the original on 19 June 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  4. ^ "Family Notices". The Sydney Morning Herald (31, 655). New South Wales, Australia. 15 June 1939. p. 9. Retrieved 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Obituaries in 1939". Wisden. Retrieved 2019.

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