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Paul Brunton: Finding Islands of My Own: Phillp Parker King, the 1st internationally renowned Australian
Join Emeritus Curator of the State Library, Paul Brunton AM as he takes us through the life, explorations and eminent career of Phillip Parker King, drawing on the extensive original collections of papers, drawings and watercolours held in the State Library of NSW.
Lecture 1: Completing Matthew Flinders' Work: Phillip Parker King on the North and North-West Coasts of Australia, 1817-1823
From 1817-1823, in four arduous voyages on the Mermaid and Bathurst, Lieutenant King completed the map of our nation by surveying those portions of the coast which Flinders had not been able to chart. On board were the naturalist Allan Cunningham; and the Aboriginal man, Bungaree, reprising his role with Flinders’ expedition of 1801-1803. Through perilous seas, heat, and sickness, King charted the greater part of the west, north and north-west coasts. It was the last triumphant episode in the making of the Australian map which had begun over two hundred years earlier by the Dutch. In 1826 King published an account of these voyages, illustrated with his own drawings.
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