After attending the Mt Tarampa school, he worked on his parents' farm, as well as on a number of other farms in the Lowood, Mt Tarampa and Beenleigh districts.
Later he was engaged in part-time work, painting houses in the Lake Clarendon, Mt Tarampa and Forest Hill areas.
In 1932 he bought a farm at Patrick Estate, which he worked mainly with the assistance of share farmers.
Before the outbreak of World war II he travelled as an agent for a petroleum company.
While employed in this capacity he was called up for war service.
After the war he went back to farming, until 1970, when he sold his property and built a new home on the outskirts of Lowood.
He lived there and maintained his independence until his death.
During the latter part of his life, he made a sea voyage to the continent, where he stayed for six months with friends and relatives and toured extensively throughout many parts of Germany.
Arthur Niethe never married. He is survived by three sisters - Minnie Dargusch, Range View Nursing Home, Toowoomba: Violet Hine, Spencer Street, Gatton: and Josephine Hannant, of Lake Clarendon.
Four brothers and one sister pre-deceased him. He was buried in the Lowood General
Cemetery after a funeral service in the Lowood Uniting Church. The services were conducted by the Rev. R. J. Walker.