“Sometimes we hear it (this old continent) whisper to us in a voice only we who are part of its dust can understand. Listen in the silence and you will hear it; it sends out a message to us to humanise it, steep it in our affections, rear children on its lean soil who will cherish it, not exploit it.”
Vance Palmer, 1855-1959
Ipswich Boys Grammar alumnus, journalist and author.
See his entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography