Edmund Finn

Challenge Cup Competition
DOD: 04 April 1898
Hon. Secretary, Second Twenty/Reserves: 1873

There has been some confusion about the Finns.
The details on this page seem to be about Edmund Finn (jnr) whose father Edmund was "Garryowen" the journalist.
"Junior" played for Carlton in one game in 1871 and was the Second Twenty secretary in 1873.
This photo is now believed to be Edmund Finn jnr, "Garyowen's" son.

The senior Edmund Finn later of "Garryowen" fame arrived in Port Phillip in July 1841 just six years after the founding of Melbourne.
Finn would have been aged 20 years. He kept copious notes of daily life in the new settlement and wrote for the early newspapers. It was said that he knew everyone of importance in Melbourne and his work "Chronicles of Early Melbourne" became a standard reference for historians. He had a son also called Edmund.

The Argus 24 February 1944 (p7s) a writer to the editor said that the photo of Edmund Finn is actually his son who was also called Edmund Finn. This photo is reproduced top left on this this page.

1879 September 15 Monday
Edmund Finn wrote and presented a poem about prominent members of the Carlton Football Club at the Ninth Annual Carlton Football Club Ball held in the Athenaeum Hall in Collins Street. This poem is believed to have be written by Edmund Finn jnr.


"The old and much respected colonist, Mr. Edmund Finn, a versitile writer, "Garryowen" died on the 4th. instant, aged 79 years. He was a most worthy citizen, and many of his writings may well be accepted as the basis of the early history of Victoria. The deceased was the brother of the late Rev. Father Finn, for years the pastor of Heidelberg."
(Kilmore Free Press 07 April 1898 p3)

1896 A player named Finn was named in a Carlton 27 man squad that played Williamstown. A relative?

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