His birth coincided with the end of the Franco-Prussian War and he could say in later life that, "Salvoes of artillery and peals of bells echoed across Europe on the morning of my birth") He was one of 10 children. Boreham was probably the last student interviewed by Charles Spurgeon for entry into his Pastor"s College. After graduation, Boreham accepted a ministry at Mosgiel church, Dunedin, New Zealand, in March 1895 and there began his prolific writings initially for the local newspaper.
He later was a pastor in Hobart, Tasmania, and then on mainland Australia in Melbourne at Armadale and Kew.
He notionally retired in 1928 at age 57, but continued to preach and write. During Billy Graham"s evangelistic campaign in Australia in early 1959 Graham sought out Boreham in particular for a discussion, due in great part to Boreham"s widely read and respected writings.