Guide to the Papers of Victor Daley [MSS 047]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Victor Daley
Manuscript Number MSS 047
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 1 box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Two bound scrapbooks, compiling letters, commentary, news clippings and an unpublished short story.

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

A small collection of material, bound in two scrapbooks. Material consists of several poems and letters by Victor Daley as well as a short story, ‘Hogan’s Keeper’, apparently unpublished. Also includes some news clippings.

Date Range of Content

1882 - 1905

Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Victor Daley was an Irish-Australian poet regarded as an exemplar of the Celtic Twilight in Australia. Born in County Armagh, Ireand, Daley emigrated to Australia in 1878. He became a writer for several periodicals in New South Wales and Victoria. He published a number of poems in the Bulletin; most of his poetry was published in the Bulletin and similar periodicals including Punch and Freeman’s Journal. His first book of verse At Dawn and Dusk came in 1898. Two of his other books, Poems (1908) and Wine and Roses (1911), were published posthumously.

As well as lyric poetry, Daley wrote satirical socio-political verse, mostly written under the pseudonym ‘Creeve Row’. A collection of this was published posthumously in 1947.

Victor Daley died of tuberculosis in 1905.

Author record, Victor Daley, AustLit (, St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002-. [Retrieved from 16/01/2019].

G. D. Ailwood Keel, 'Daley, Victor James William Patrick (1858–1905)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1981, accessed online 16 January 2019.


Administrative Information

Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Open Access

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

Copying: Copying of material authored by Victor Daley under section 51 (1) of the Copyright Act (more than 50 years since the death of the author) is approved.

Preferred Citation

Papers of Victor Daley, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 047, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


Provenance unknown.

Subject Keywords


Australian poetry, poets, Australian poets, singers, songwriters, 19th century poetry, 20th century poetry, Celtic Twilight

Personal Names

Victor James William Patrick Daley 1858-1905

Victor Daley

Creeve Roe


Poet, writer


Container List

Box 1

Folder 1
Autographed letter from Victor Daley to William Astley (‘Price Warung’)

Autographed manuscript by Victor Daley ‘A Kipling Column’

Commentary on Victor Daley’s poem ‘A Sunset Fantasy’ in the autograph of J.F. Archibald

Autograph poem on Victor Daley by J. Le Gay Brereton

Autograph letter from Bertram Stevens to J. Le Gay Brereton with comment on Victor Daley

Folder 2
Autograph note from Victor Daley to J.F. Archibald

Autograph poem by Victor Daley ‘On Parnassus’ but signed “Creeve Roe”, one of his pseudonyms, note by J.F. Archibald

Short story ‘Hogan’s Keeper’, unsigned, but attributed to Victor Daley
Marked by The Bulletin sub-editor to appear in December, 1891 issue but apparently unpublished under this title.