John Fihelly

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The Hon
John Arthur Fihelly
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25th Treasurer of Queensland
In office
9 March 1920 – 8 February 1922
Preceded by Ted Theodore
Succeeded by Ted Theodore
Constituency Paddington
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Paddington
In office
27 April 1912 – 7 February 1922
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Alfred Jones
Personal details
Born (1882-11-07)7 November 1882
Timoleague, County Cork, Ireland
Died 2 March 1945(1945-03-02) (aged 62)
Brisbane, Queensland
Resting place Toowong Cemetery
Nationality Irish
Political party Labor Party
Spouse(s) Marguerite Agnes Murphy
Relations Peter Murphy (father-in-law)
Occupation Agent-General, Journalist, Public servant, Rugby league Administrator
Rugby union career
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1907 Australia 1 0

John Arthur Fihelly (7 November 1882 – 2 March 1945)[1] was a rugby union player who represented Australia, a rugby league player, a founder of the Queensland rugby league, and a Labor Party politician.[1]

Early life[edit]

Fihelly, a flanker,[2] was born in Timoleague, County Cork, Ireland and claimed 1 international rugby cap for Australia.[2] He was one of rugby league football's founding players in Brisbane, being selected to represent Queensland during the 1907–08 New Zealand rugby tour of Australia and Great Britain against the visiting "All Blacks" in what were the first games of rugby league football ever played in Queensland. In 1908 he travelled to Britain on the first Kangaroo tour as assistant manager.[1]


Fihelly was elected as the Labor member for Paddington in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland in 1912[3] and held several ministerial roles including Attorney-General until his resignation in 1922.[3]

Later life[edit]

Upon his death in 1945, Fihelly was rewarded with a State funeral[1] at St Stephen's Cathedral[4] and was buried in Toowong Cemetery.[4][5]

Fihelly back row, bowler hat with a group of the 1908 Kangaroos


  1. ^ a b c d Fihelly, John Arthur (1882–1945) — Australian Dictionary of Biography
  2. ^ a b " player profile of Jack Fihelly". Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Funeral notices.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 5 March 1945. p. 6. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Fihelly John Arthur Archived 8 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine. — Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ted Theodore
Treasurer of Queensland
Succeeded by
Ted Theodore
Parliament of Queensland
New seat Member for Paddington
Succeeded by
Alfred Jones