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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Wallen, Robert Elias

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Wallen, Robert Elias, J.P., son of Francis Robertson Wallen and Catherine (Hobson) his wife, was born on June 5th, 1831, in Trinidad, and educated in Philadelphia, and at Foyle College, Londonderry, Ireland, from 1835 to 1848, when he entered a merchant's office in Liverpool. In 1852 he emigrated to Victoria, and engaged in mercantile pursuits, which he varied by literary work. Mr. Wallen is known throughout Australia under the pseudonym of "Ægles" the signature under which he for twenty years contributed to the Leader and Australasian. He was the founder of the Australasian Insurance and Banking Record, which he edited for nine years. In this connection he was elected Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, London (being the second of only two lay Fellows in the Institute), and was also accorded the Fellowship of the Royal Statistical Society of London. Mr. Wallen was twice mayor of Hawthorn, and is a justice of the peace for the central bailiwick. He was one of the earliest volunteers in the Victoria Yeomanry Cavalry, was for many years president of the Art Union of Victoria, and was the first chairman of the Melbourne Stock Exchange—a post to which he was twice afterwards re-elected. He married in Melbourne on May 21st, 1863, Miss Marian May Pitman, and is a partner in the firm of Clarke & Co., stockbrokers, Melbourne.