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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 2: Phillip Parker King on the coasts of South America, 1826-1830
Now promoted commander, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and recognised as one of Britain’s leading hydrographers, King surveyed, from 1826 to 1830, in Adventure and Beagle, the wild southern coasts of South America and the Strait of Magellan, surviving extreme conditions and near shipwreck as well as the loss of Beagle’s captain, Pringle Stokes, who, suffering depression, shot himself in Patagonia. On his return, King was promoted captain, published in 1832, sailing directions for the southern South American coasts and in 1839, his journal of the survey, again illustrated with his own drawings.
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