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.
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.Paterson and Roderic Quinn were also present at the send-off.
His work was not considered particularly Australian in nature, but quite lyrical, with 'natural delicacy of expression, graceful imagery, and refinement of language'. His Poems (1908) and other collections were published posthumously. Daley's finest Australian work was considered to be A Sunset Fantasy.
A memoir of Daley by Bertram Stevens was published in Wine and Roses.