Victor Daley

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Victor Daley (at right)

Victor James William Patrick Daley (5 September 1858 – 29 December 1905) was an Australian poet. 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 of Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson, and Will H. Ogilvie.[1]

Life[edit]

Daley 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, and the later Supper Club, which had many notable members such as writer Henry Lawson. Together with fellow notable poet Louise Mack, he organised the farewell dinner to Scottish-Australian poet and bush balladeer Will H. Ogilvie (1869–1963) in 1901 at the Hotel Australia, Sydney.[2] Paterson and Roderic Quinn were also present at the send-off.

He used the pseudonym Creeve Roe (Irish for Red Branch, the area next to the Navan where Cú Chulainn trained as a Red Branch Knight), as well as his own name.

Daley died at Sydney of tuberculosis at the Waverley Cemetery.[3]

Legacy[edit]

His work was not considered particularly Australian in nature, but quite lyrical,[2] with 'natural delicacy of expression, graceful imagery, and refinement of language'.[4] His Poems (1908) and other collections were published posthumously. Daley's finest Australian work was considered to be A Sunset Fantasy.[5]

When he died, Scottish-Australian poet and bush balladeer Will H. Ogilvie (1869–1963) penned:[6][7]

When 'the little folk' meet by the red rowan tree
The dance shall be stayed in the ring on the plot
While they twine in his green Irish isle of the sea
The wreath we forgot.

A memoir of Daley by Bertram Stevens was published in Wine and Roses.

Bibliography[edit]

Individual works[edit]

Daley in 1890s

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Exit Victor J. Daley". Truth (310). Brisbane. 31 December 1905. p. 4. Retrieved 19 November 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ a b "Bohemia up to date". Freeman's Journal. LII (3239). New South Wales, Australia. 2 February 1901. p. 11. Retrieved 18 November 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ Ailwood Keel, G. D. (1981). "Daley, Victor James William Patrick (1858–1905)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "The late Victor DALEY". Sunday Times (1041). New South Wales, Australia. 31 December 1905. p. 3. Retrieved 19 November 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ "Obituary". The Evening Star. 8 (2400) (THIRD ed.). Western Australia. 30 December 1905. p. 3. Retrieved 19 November 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  6. ^ "KENDALL on the Hawkesbury". Freeman's Journal. LXXI (3702). New South Wales, Australia. 26 February 1920. p. 25. Retrieved 21 February 2018 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ "The ink quest". The Clipper. 12 (680). Tasmania, Australia. 5 May 1906. p. 8. Retrieved 21 February 2018 – via National Library of Australia. 

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