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3rd September 1817 – Phillip Parker King arrives in the colony

On this day, 3rd September 1817, a few days prior to Allan Cunningham arriving back from his journey up the Lachlan River, Lieutenant Phillip Parker King RN, son of the former Governor of NSW, Philip Gidley King, arrived in Port Jackson aboard the “Dick”. He was accompanied by his wife Harriet and two midshipmen, John Septimus Roe and Frederick Bedwell.

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13th February 1817 – the King family depart England heading for Port Jackson

On this day, the “Dick” departed Gravesend on 13th February 1817. On board were Phillip Parker King of the Royal Navy, Midshipment John Septimus Roe and Frederick Bedwell. They were sent by the British Admiralty and the Colonial Office to survey the coastline of Australia. They will be joined by Allan Cunningham, the King’s Botanical Collector, later that year just before they depart on the Mermaid to circumnavigate Australia for the first time.

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