Arthur James Diamond left Adelaide in 1886 and moved to Fremantle where he immersed himself in the cultural, business, sporting and political life of the town. In 1890 he became President of the Fremantle Football Club and proposed the re-establishment of the Fremantle Cricket Club. In 1896 he established the Young Australian Football League, was Vice-President of the West Australian Football Association, a committee member of the Fremantle Literary Institute, President of the Fremantle Lumpers Union, and became the member for Fremantle in the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia in 1901. He fought for issues such as fair wages, arbitration, working conditions, free secular education and old age pensions.
He died following a stroke 22 June 1906 and was buried in Fremantle Cemetery, Anglican MON AA 788.
The funeral cortege of Arthur Diamond was a mile long and included representatives of the Government and all the associations to which he had belonged. His pallbearers included the Premier. Brown, citing the Morning Herald, 23 June 1906.
Brown, Patricia M 1996, The Merchant Princes of Fremantle: The Rise and Decline of a Colonial Elite 1870-1900, UWAP, source of top photo.
Brown, Patricia nd, ‘Arthur James Diamond: a gentleman of scarce renown’, in Early Days, vol 12, part 3, pp 221-230.
Norwood Football Club Hall of Fame, source of bottom photo
WA Parliament library entry
Obit, Western Mail 30 June 1906
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