(1828–62), born County Roscommon, Ireland, came to Australia in 1840 and worked with the People's Advocate and the Melbourne Daily News before founding the brief-lived weekly, Chronicle, in Sydney in 1851. He joined the Empire in 1852 and published in it a series of articles in 1853 on the Aborigines, later published as The Aborigines of Australia (1888). In 1854 he joined the Sydney Morning Herald; in 1862 his History of New South Wales with an Account of Van Diemen's Land, New Zealand, Port Phillip, Moreton Bay and Other Australasian Settlements was published. A collection of his verse, Australian and Other Poems, published in 1887, was reprinted in Roderick Flanagan (1988) by Arthur Hoyle with a biographical introduction.
From The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature in Oxford Reference.