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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


William E Finucane (Biographical details)

William E Finucane (collector; journalist/critic; British; Male; 1844 - 1927)

Also known as

Finucane, William E


British painter, sculptor and journalist born in Corfu. In 1865, at the invitation of Sir George Bowen, the first Governor of Queensland, he went to Brisbane where he joined the staff of the Lands Department. During this time, together with Messrs Thistlethwayte, Atkinson and Burkitt, he established the Ipswich Punch, the first publication of its kind in the colony. In 1866 he was transferred to Normanton and was amongst those responsible for the opening up of the district around Burketown and Normanton. His career also included 16 years as Chief Clerk with the Police Department and a period in Europe as the commercial agent for Queensland. In 1897 he sold a collection of artefacts from Queensland to the British Museum. He died in Melbourne, Victoria.