One people, one destiny – the federation movement comes unstuck

An illustration from Melbourne Cartoon, showing Parkes riding the blinkered federation horse

In this cartoon by an unknown artist, Henry Parkes hangs on grimly as the blinkered federation horse bolts. Circling carrion crows, representing the ‘selfish’ and ‘jealous’ colonies, wait to pick the flesh of the dying federation cause. The red shirt worn by the ‘father of federation’ may symbolise the ‘crimson thread of kinship’ which, Parkes claimed, united all Australians. The image appeared in a mock-up of the 1891 Melbourne Cartoon, an illustrated satirical magazine.

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