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King of the Australian Coast: The Work of Phillip Parker King in the "Mermaid" and "Bathurst" 1817-1822 (Paperback)
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King of the Australian Coast: The Work of Phillip Parker King in the "Mermaid" and "Bathurst" 1817-1822 (Paperback)

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Phillip Parker King has been described as the greatest of Australia s early marine surveyors. But while the achievements of Cook and Flinders are widely known, this is the first telling of King s story. Unlike Cook and Flinders, King was Australian-born-the son of Philip Gidley King, governor of New South Wales. In a series of gruelling voyages between 1817 and 1822, King charted most of the north-west coast of Australia from the eastern tip of Arnhem Land all the way round to Cape Leeuwin and King George Sound. He surveyed Macquarie Harbour in Van Diemen s Land and the treacherous waters inside the Great Barrier Reef, filling gaps in the work of his famous predecessors. Marsden Hordern, a splendid storyteller, creates for the reader a sense of following, engrossed, in King s wake. The hazards of reefs, shoals and tides are ever-present, as is delight in unfamiliar wildlife and curiosity about the Aboriginal people. The question left hanging is whether King might be better known today had he been a less capable, good and faithful servant of the Crown, and more inclined to the excess and ineptitude of certain other early explorers. Winner of the New

Publisher: Melbourne University Press
ISBN: 9780522850437
Number of pages: 468
Weight: 762 g
Dimensions: 231 x 154 x 29 mm
Edition: New edition

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