Need a quote? “The crimson thread of kinship …”

Henry Parkes’ second most famous speech – the ‘Crimson Thread” – was delivered on 6 February 1890 in Queen’s Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne. The Parkes’ published speeches about Federal Government between 1889 – 1890 are now available as a word searchable PDF at

The life of Henry Parkes – 201 years on

Henry Parkes

Today is Henry Parkes’ birthday – 201 years ago today, Henry was born in the Moat Cottage, Canley on the estate of Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England. By any measure, his life was ‘big’; it was marked with successes and failures in equal measure, professionally, personally and particularly financially.  It was a life of constant struggle. He…