Sir Henry Parkes

(1815 - 1896 / Australia)

Sir Henry Parkes
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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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  • 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.
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  • ''Our business being to colonize the country, there was only one way to do it—by 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.
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  • 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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  • captenamerica(6/17/2019 7:07:00 PM)

    Thonos is sad like to make him feel better! !

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  • GODSILLA(6/17/2019 6:39:00 PM)

    henry parks tastes like chicken with a hint of onions.he needs a bit more salt! I pooed him out!

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  • pigel schnigel(6/17/2019 6:36:00 PM)

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  • fedytedy(6/17/2019 6:32:00 PM)

    I like good food it very tasty like it was when I lived I a nice small house my house is small like a moues in a small moues house.

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  • Anonymous(8/23/2018 8:56:00 PM)

    Mbappe is the hottest on Earth

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  • Tvsnbvshgs bsvsts(8/16/2018 8:42:00 PM)

    Man U are better than Juventus!

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  • Betty(6/11/2018 11:57:00 PM)

    he is so cutee! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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  • Betty(6/11/2018 11:54:00 PM)

    he looks cute! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 1

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  • Pauly(2/21/2018 10:46:00 PM)

    Juventus is the best of the best

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  • paul riba(2/21/2018 10:45:00 PM)

    Man city are the best at being the worst

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Best Poem of Sir Henry Parkes

The Buried Chief

(November 6th, 1886)

With speechless lips and solemn tread
   They brought the Lawyer-Statesman home:
They laid him with the gather'd dead,
   Where rich and poor like brothers come.

How bravely did the stripling climb,
   From step to step the rugged hill:
His gaze thro' that benighted time
   Fix'd on the far-off beacon still.

He faced the storm that o'er him burst,
   With pride to match the proudest born:
He bore unblench'd Detraction's worst, -- ...

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