Sir Henry Parkes
Henry Parkes was born to a family of yeoman stock in Warwickshire, England in 1815. Unfortunately, falling wheat prices forced the family to leave the land and seek employment in Birmingham. In 1836 Parkes married Clarinda Varney and they applied for assisted passage to Australia, the death of two of their infant children and a failed business venture influencing their decision.
Arriving in Australia, he found work as a farm labourer, but low wages did not appeal! Renewing his old interest in politics, he went to work for the Customs Department in Sydney. Over the next few years he went into business for himself and at one stage owned the Empire newspaper. Through this period be ... more »
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Sir Henry Parkes Poems
THE BRAVE old land of deed and song, Of gentle hearts and spirits strong, Of queenly maids and heroes grand, Of equal laws,—our Fatherland!
I count the mercifullest part of all God's mercies, in this coil of eighty years, Is that no sense of being disappears Or fails; I see the signal, hear the call,
Where the mocking lyre-bird calls To its mate among the falls Of the mountain streams that play,
The Buried Chief
(November 6th, 1886) With speechless lips and solemn tread They brought the Lawyer-Statesman home:
WEARY of the ceaseless war Beating down the baffled soul,— Thoughts that like a scimitar Smite us fainting at the goal.
Up go the beautiful and world-watch'd stars, Lifting the glory of America, 'Mong the red flags which gleam through masts and spars
The Beauteous Terrorist
Soft as the morning's pearly light, Where yet may rise the thunder-cloud, Her gentle face was ever bright
When you arrive at Sydney, sailing up The harbour, a small central isle you'll see; With two or three low huts, but not a tree,
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With our splendid harbour, our beautifully situated city, our vast territories, all our varied and inexhaustible natural wealth, if we don't convert our colony into a great and prosperous nation, it w...Henry Parkes (1815-1896), British-born Australian statesman. Speech, March 16, 1867, Melbourne, Australia. On the colony of New South Wales.
''Our business being to colonize the country, there was only one way to do itby spreading over it all the associations and connections of family life.''Henry Parkes (1815-1896), British-born Australian statesman. speech, Aug. 14, 1866, to New South Wales Legislative Assembly.
I have been disappointed in all my expectations of Australia, except as to its wickedness; for it is far more wicked than I have conceived it possible for any place to be, or than it is possible for m...Henry Parkes (1815-1896), British-born Australian statesman. Letter, May 1, 1840. An Emigrant's Home Letters (1896). Written a year after Parkes a...
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THE BRAVE old land of deed and song,
Of gentle hearts and spirits strong,
Of queenly maids and heroes grand,
Of equal laws,—our Fatherland!
Though born beneath a brighter sun,
Shall we forget the marvels done,
By soul outspoken, blood outpoured,
By bard and patriot, song and sword?
Forget how firm and true our sires,
Still lighted by their battle-fires,
’Gainst kingly power and kingly crime,
Long struggled in the darkened time?
How in a rolling sea they stood,
Where every wave was ...