A special lecture series brought to you by Friends of the Library.
Paul Brunton: Finding Islands of My Own - Phillip Parker King the first internationally renowned Australian
In 1796, the four year old Phillip Parker King (1791-1856) told Matthew Flinders: ‘I shall be a sailor like my papa and find islands of my own’. Flinders never forgot and 15 years later, in 1811, introduced the young midshipman to Joseph Banks and Captain Thomas Hurd, hydrographer to the Admiralty. King was on his way. From 1817-1823, he charted the greater part of the west, north and north-west coasts of the Australian mainland. Six years later, he surveyed the southern coasts of South America and the Strait of Magellan. Back in New South Wales from 1832, King was appointed Resident Commissioner of the Australian Agricultural Company; was a member of the Legislative Council; and explored country along the Murrumbidgee River. He was consulted by visiting hydrographers, published scientific papers, and supported colonial culture. He was the first Australian-born to reach flag rank in the Royal Navy.
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. Three part lecture series,16, 23 & 30th of August.
16 August - Lecture 1: Completing Matthew Flinder's Work: Phillip Parker King on the North and North-west coasts of Australia
23 August - Lecture 2: Phillip Parker King on the coasts of South America, 1826-1830
30 August - Lecture 3: A Most Admirable Man
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