It's a mod of course! But we have to be thankful for small things in this country.
This time last year, the Australian Civilization: Colonialist Legacies mod was released, which made Australia a viable choice in Civ V. That was pretty cool.
But now industrious modders have worked overtime to get Henry Parkes, the founder of the Australian Federation, into the game as a fully animated, custom 3D leader in the Civilization V. There's even voice acting for Parkes.
Truly next level stuff.
Apparently making custom leaders in Civilization V was extremely difficult for a number of reasons. It was only in the last year that it actually became possible. The team behind Henry Parkes are hoping this will inspire more modders to follow suit and create their own leaders.
Here are the traits for Australia with Parkes as a leader:
Australia as lead by Henry Parkes Boundless Plains to Share: Settlers found Puppeted cities that generate +1 Tourism. +1 Tourism for each outgoing Naval Trade Route. Cities that generate +2 Tourism or more expand Cultural Borders twice as fast.
Prime Minister: This Australian unique Great Person replaces the Great Writer. It provides political quotes as Great Works of Writing and when it is acquired all non-puppeted coastal cities receive +1 Tourism per owned land tile outside workable limits.
Digger Infantry: The Digger is an Australian unique unit, replacing the Great War Infantry. It receives bonuses in coastal territory and foreign territory, as well as the Cover I promotion. This unit may be upgraded from Workers and upgrades to Mechanized Infantry, and does not obsolete at Plastics.
You can download the mod here on Steam.