Arthur G. Jenkins

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Arthur George Jenkins
Arthur George Jenkins cricket umpire 1929.jpg
Personal information
Full nameArthur George Jenkins
Born(1887-02-07)7 February 1887
Adelaide, South Australia
Died21 May 1963(1963-05-21) (aged 76)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
NicknameAG Jenkins
RelationsWilliam Jenkins (father)
Jemima “Mina” Patten (mother)
Ethel Nellie Paget (wife)
Umpiring information
Tests umpired1 (1930)
FC umpired30 (1927–1939)
Source: CricketArchive, 18 April 2015

Arthur George Jenkins (7 February 1887 – 19 May 1963) was a South Australian cricket Test match umpire.

Early life[edit]

Jenkins was born at Woodville, South Australia on 7 February 1887.[1]

He was the son of a butcher, William Jenkins, who died of tuberculosis in 1895, and Jemima “Mina” Patten. William came from Yealmpton, Devon, England and arrived in Australia on 28 April 1858 on the "Storm Cloud".[2] Mina was born at Port Noarlunga, South Australia, on 26 May 1861, her parents had traveled to Australia from Armagh, Northern Ireland aboard the "Admiral Boxer"[3] on 21 August 1855.

Arthur Jenkins had a sister, Eleanor May (b. 1883), and three brothers, Frederick Charles (1889-91), Stanley Robert (b. 1893), and William Roy (b. 1892). When the father died, the three surviving boys were farmed out to people who would take them. For Arthur, that proved to be an unpleasant experience.

He married Ethel Nellie Paget on 4 September 1912, they had four children, Ronald Arthur (1913-2003), Eileen Nellie (1914), Lorna Nellie (1916-98), and Joyce Gwenyth (1918-2010).

In his youth, Arthur Jenkins worked as an ironworker, but spent the last 33 years of his working life as a storeman.


As a boy, Jenkins was a mascot, drink waiter, boundary marker, and assistant scorer for Woodville Cricket Club.

He became an umpire in 1910 and was rewarded with the official fee of two shillings per afternoon. By 1933 he was lecturing junior umpires in the art of the role.[4]

He umpired SACA matches well into his seventies, officiating in almost 800 games. Of those, some thirty were First Class matches,[5] typically South Australia playing against Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria or Western Australia. Others included South Australia v. Marylebone Cricket Club (1928/29 and 1929/30),[6][7][8] South Australia v. South Africans (1931),[9] South Australia v. New Zealanders (1937),[10] and Don Bradman's XI v. Vic Richardson's XI (1937).[11]

Jenkins officiated at one Test match, the first between Australia and the West Indies,[12] played at Adelaide from 12 December to 16 December 1930;[13] the match was won by Australia by 10 wickets.[14][15] Jenkins' colleague was George Hele.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Birth Certificate No. 165 of 1887, Port Adelaide
  2. ^ The Ships List (1858) "Storm Cloud". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  3. ^ The Ships List (1855) "Admiral Boxer". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Round the pickets". The Advertiser. 6 October 1933. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  5. ^ Cricket Archive Umpire in First Class Matches. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Cricket tomorrow". The News. 7 November 1929. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  7. ^ Cricket Archive South Australia v. Marylebone Cricket Club 1928/29. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  8. ^ Cricket Archive South Australia v. Marylebone Cricket Club 1929/30. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  9. ^ Cricket Archive South Australia v. South Africans (1931). Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  10. ^ Cricket Archive South Australia v. New Zealanders (1937). Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  11. ^ Cricket Archive DG Bradman's XI v. VY Richardson's XI (1937). Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  12. ^ "First Test, West Indies Practise". The News. 9 December 1930. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  13. ^ a b Cricket Archive Australia v. West Indies
  14. ^ Howstat 1930-1931 Australia v. West Indies - 1st Test
  15. ^ Cricinfo West Indies in Australia Test Series, 1930/31

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