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Sir Henry Parkes

Sir Henry Parkes

Sir Henry Parkes was a prominent Australian statesman, often referred to as the 'Father of Federation'.

Did you know?

  • Parkes published his own poetry books
  • Parkes is best known for his passionate support of the federation of Australian colonies, and gave a famous speech in Tenterfield in 1889

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.

Sir Henry Parkes