Arthur Stokell was born in Horsham, Victoria, in 1876, the son of Robert William Stokell (1837-1909), a surveyor, civil engineer and architect and his wife Cecilia Caroline Bowden (c.1848-1887). The family lived in Adelaide Street, Windmill Hill, from the early 1880s. Arthur owned a jewellery shop in Waratah before relocating to Burnie where he carried on his jewellery business. He owned the Copper King Mine at Blythe in conjunction with Mr Dalton.
On 23 Nov 1904 Arthur married Adelaide Constance (Ada) Hardiman at the Holy Trinity Church, Ulverstone. After the wedding tea the couple left by train for Launceston. They had two sons: Arthur Gregson Hardiman, born in 1906; and Trevor, born in 1907. Arthur died at Burnie on 8 Sep 1921. His jewellery business was continued by his sons Greg and Trevor under the guidance of their mother and uncle, Herbert Hardiman.