Ralph Illidge Sanctuary

Poem By Francis Duggan

Between Warrnambool and Cobden in the Moyne Shire countryside
Is Ralph Illidge a sanctuary for wildlife that is known far and wide
Willed to the Trust for Nature by the late Ralph Illidge many years ago
This is going back in time perhaps three decades or so
In his gift to Trust For Nature Ralph Illidge has sown the seed
For future generations a thing of great natural beauty indeed
The sanctuary for wildlife a monument to his generosity today
As a patron of Nature one who did lead the way
Some people only take from Nature but to Nature Ralph Illidge did give
Due to his love of our Earth Mother his name for centuries will live
People visit the beautiful place of trees from places near and far
From Warrnambool, Geelong, Colac and Melbourne they travel by car
To a place of tall trees in South West Victoria's Moyne Shire
That artists and writers who love Nature to write of and sketch does inspire.

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