Philosophy and Ideas

The Feeling of Responsibility

When I was a boy my father owned a farm in Gippsland. This region was one of the last corners of the south-east to be settled by Europeans, beginning in the 1840s. The area was first explored by Angus McMillan, who gave it many of its place names after his Scottish homeland, although it was a Polish explorer, Sir Paul Edmund de Strzelecki, who named the region after the colonial governor of the day, Sir George Gipps. It was settled mainly by Highland Scots and was strongly influenced by Presbyterianism, although today Presbyterians are easily outnumbered by Anglicans and Catholics,…

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