Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Devaney was born in Bendigo, Victoria, and educated at a Catholic boarding school in Sydney, later becoming a Marist brother and working as a teacher in Queensland, South Australia and New Zealand. After tuberculosis led him to resign from the religious order, he married and established a career as a freelance journalist and writer. Best remembered for his many volumes of poetry, Devaney also produced short stories, some of which were published in the influential collection, The Vanished Tribes (1929), as well as four novels, including The Currency Lass: A Tale of the Convict Days (1927), and The Wild White Man, serialised in the Australasian in 1931.