Arnold Wienholt

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Arnold Wienholt
Arnold Wienholt, 1916.jpg
Arnold Wienholt, circa 1916
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Moreton
In office
13 December 1919 – 6 November 1922
Preceded by Hugh Sinclair
Succeeded by Josiah Francis
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Fassifern
In office
2 October 1909 – 28 March 1913
Preceded by Charles Moffatt Jenkinson
Succeeded by Ernest Bell
In office
28 June 1930 – 11 May 1935
Preceded by Ernest Bell
Succeeded by Adolf Muller
Personal details
Born (1877-11-25)25 November 1877
Goomburra, Queensland
Died 10 September 1940(1940-09-10) (aged 62)
Nationality Australian
Political party Nationalist Party of Australia, Ministerial
Spouse(s) Enid Frances Sydney Jones
Relations Edward Wienholt (father)
Occupation Grazier, Soldier, Author
Religion Church of England

Arnold Wienholt (25 November 1877 – 10 September 1940) was an Australian grazier, author and politician. He was a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly and a Member of the Australian House of Representatives.

Early life[edit]

Arnold Wienholt was born on 25 November 1877 at Goomburra, Queensland, the son of Edward Wienholt (a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly) and his wife Ellen (née Williams).[1] He was educated in England at Wixenford School and Eton College[2] before returning to Australia as a grazier on the Darling Downs.

He served in the military 1899–1902 and 1914–1916, and was a published author.


In 1909, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the member for Fassifern, where he remained until 1913.[3] In 1919, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Nationalist member for Moreton; he was also endorsed by the Primary Producers Union, effectively the Queensland state Country Party. Although sympathetic to the Country Party, formed in 1920, he remained a Nationalist, although the Country Party often received his support. He retired in 1922. In 1930 he returned to the Queensland Legislative Assembly as the member for Fassifern, where he remained until 1935.[3]

Later life[edit]

In 1939, he was called to serve once more in the military. Wienholt was killed in action in Abyssinia on 10 September 1940.[4] He is memorialised at the Khartoum Memorial.[5]

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ "Arnold Wienholt". Queensland Birth Index. Queensland Government. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Rosamond Siemon, The Eccentric Mr Wienholt (2005), p. 267
  3. ^ a b "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "Arnold Wienholt". Commonwealth War Graves. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Grabs, Cyril (1987), Australian, and a hero : the story of an extraordinary adventurer, Arnold Wienholt, Darling Downs Institute Press, ISBN 978-0-949414-13-7 
  • Siemon, Rosamond (2005), The eccentric Mr Wienholt, University of Queensland Press, ISBN 978-0-7022-3498-9 
  • Siemon, Rosamond (1994-01-01), Arnold Wienholt, man and myth: A biography, The University of Queensland, School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics  — available online

External links[edit]

Media related to Arnold Wienholt at Wikimedia Commons

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Hugh Sinclair
Member for Moreton
Succeeded by
Josiah Francis
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Charles Moffatt Jenkinson
Member for Fassifern
Succeeded by
Ernest Bell
Preceded by
Ernest Bell
Member for Fassifern
Succeeded by
Adolf Muller