Mathew Keeffe was a hotelier when he was elected Mayor of Toowoomba in 1900. A native of Kilkenny in Ireland, he arrived in Queensland during the late 1870’s.
In 1879 he joined the Queensland Police Force at Brisbane where he was first stationed.
He was subsequently transferred to Warwick and from there to Toowoomba. When he resigned from the force in 1889, his rank was acting sergeant.
After leaving the police force, Mathew Keeffe became licensee of the Freemason’s Hotel and afterwards conducted the White Horse and Crown hotels.
He was alderman of the then East Ward from 1896 until 1901. While in Toowoomba Mathew Keeffe was active in the Hibernian Society and he became that society’s first district president.
When he died aged 68 on March 22, 1924, he was one of Queensland’s oldest members of the order. At the time of his death he had been farming for some years at Maryvale.