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The most many of us know of Henry is that he was Premier of New South Wales on five separate occasions and the “Father” of Australia’s Federation.

Here you will find a very different Henry. In a letter he wrote to “Lord Leigh” Henry outlines the dramatic and heart-wrenching detail the life that he had suffered to that point.  It started when his family were forced to leave Stoneleigh, unable to pay mounting debts.

This blog will track the early years of Henry Parkes from birth until leaving England in 1839.

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