The Harland diaspora
Arthur T. (Art) Statham
b.   21 February 1912, Jersey City, New Jersey
m.  22 February 1940
d,  19 October 1987

Arthur Statham was educated in New Jersey and then was trained by the American Institute of Banking. While employed at the New York Trust Company he met Mary Harland. They were married on 24 February 1940.


During the Second Great War Arthur enlisted in the Unites States Navy. He was posted to the Photography Section in New York City. A highlight of his service was during the ‘shakedown’ cruise of the great battleship Missouri.  The widely publicised photograph of shells in flight during gunnery practice was attributed to Arthur.

After the war he resumed work at the New York Trust Company; but he longed to get away from banking. In 1946 he seized the opportunity of work with a sports goods outlet in southern California. He and Mary moved there and stayed for the rest of their lives. But the sports goods opening did not come up to expectations, so Arthur returned to banking – working as a bank manager for the Bank of America until his retirement.  


Arthur enjoyed playing golf and gardening and continued his long interest in photography. They loved travelling, and visited South and Central America, New Zealand, Australia, Africa and Europe. They both loved entertaining.  Like Mary he was an active member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Covina, where he served on several committees - particularly finance. For several years he was President of the Board of Hope House – an institution for multi-handicapped children. They themselves were childless. After his death he was cited for services to the community in which he had lived. He died of cancer on 19 October 1987 aged 75 years.