Sir Henry Parkes
Sir Henry Parkes Quotes
''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 will be a miracle of error for which we shall have to answer as for a gigantic sin.''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 me to describe to you in England.''Henry Parkes (1815-1896), British-born Australian statesman. Letter, May 1, 1840. An Emigrant's Home Letters (1896). Written a year after Parkes arrived as an immigrant in Australia.
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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,
Can calmly estimate the rise and fall
Of moth-like mortals in this "vale of tears";
And all His glorious works--the heavenly spheres,
The ocean, and the earth's unending wall--
Remain, for thought and wonder! Marvellous