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Victor James William Patrick Daley (5 September 1858 – 29 December 1905) was an Australian poet.
He was born at the Navan, County Armagh, Ireland, and was educated at the Christian Brothers at Devonport in England. He arrived in Australia in 1878, and became a freelance journalist and writer in both Melbourne and Sydney. Whilst in Melbourne, he met and became a friend of Marcus Clarke; later, in Sydney, he became acquainted with Henry Kendall. He is notable for becoming the first author in Australia who tried to earn a living from writing alone. In Sydney in 1898, he founded the bohemian Dawn and Dusk Club, which had many notable members such as writer Henry Lawson. He died at Sydney of tuberculosis.
He used the pseudonym Creeve Roe (Irish =Red Branch - the area next to the Navan where Cu Chulainn trained as a Red Branch Knight), as well as his own name. His Poems (1908) and other collections were published posthumously.
A memoir of Daley by Bertram Stevens was published in Wine and Roses.
Daley serves chiefly as an example of the Celtic Twilight in Australian verse. He also serves as a lyrical alternative to his contemporary bush balladists.
- At Dawn and Dusk (1898)
- Wine and Roses (1911)
- Creeve Roe (1947)
- Works by or about Victor Daley at Internet Archive
- Works by Victor Daley at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- Australian Authors -- Victor Daley (1858-1905) contains a number of his poems.
- "The First of May" (1882)
- "At the Opera" (1883)
- "Dreams" (1883)
- "On the River" (1885) (also known as "Years After")
- "On the Shore" (1885) (also known as "Sunset")
- "Brunette" (1886)
- "Poppies" (1886)
- "The Old Wife and the New" (1887)
- "A Sunset Fantasy" (1888)
- "Even So" (1890)
- "Lachesis" (1891)
- "A-Roving" (1892)
- "Cares" (1892)
- "Correggio Jones" (1898)
- "The Woods of Dandenong" (1899)
- "Players" (1900)
- "Anna" (1902)
- "The Woman at the Washtub" (1902)
- "The Night Ride" (1907)