Hall of Fame

Edmund Finn (Garryowen)

1819 - 1898

The Argus said in 1944 that more details are known about the beginnings of Melbourne than most large cities, ancient or modern, because of one man: Edmund Finn.

Pen-named Garryowen, the Irishman arrived in Melbourne six years after the settlement of Port Phillip and recorded its people and events in a 13-year career with the Port Phillip Herald and later in his 1880 book The Chronicles of Early Melbourne.

In the preface, Finn says he was “a spectator of almost everything that went on, whether  the burning of a house…a Mayor-making or a prize fight…..or an execution…or a corroboree”.

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