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

Why oh why did I ever get into this mess!?

Well, I guess it goes a bit like this …. it started now a long time ago with a book, some free time and the ‘dulcet’ tones of Malcolm Turnbull, the Younger, ringing in my ears. The book – Colonial Ambition by Peter Cochrane – The Prime Minister’s prize for Australian History & The Age…