King of the Australian Coast

King of the Australian Coast

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Phillip Barker King stands with Cook and Flinders in the history of the exploration and charting of Australia's coastline. Noted maritime historian Geoffrey Ingleton considers him 'the greatest of the early marine surveyors'. Phillip Parker was the son of Philip Gidley King, the third governor of New South Wales, and godson of Arthur Phillip, the first governor. King the first native-born Australian to achieve flag rank in the Royal Navy. During his energetic, fruitful life King was a naval officer, explorer, hydrographer, administrator, astronomer, geologist, artist, writer and pastoralist. Marsden Hordern is a splendid storyteller. Having immersed himself in the log books, journals and personal papers of King and his companions, he creates for the reader a sense of following, engrossed, in their wake. The hazards of reefs, shoals and treacherous tides are ever-present, as is delight in the unfamiliar wildlife and curiosity about the Aboriginal people. The question left hanging is this: Had King been a less capable, good and faithful servant of the Crown, and more inclined to the excess and ineptitude of some other early explorers, might his name also be a household word today?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 468 pages
  • 154 x 231 x 29mm | 861.83g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 51 illustrations, (17 colour ) 7 maps
  • 052285043X
  • 9780522850437

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"For the nautically minded reader this well written and splendidly presented work offers a feast of information. It is also a wonderful adventure story, equal to any of the more familiar fictional accounts of life at sea in Britain's sailing navy."show more

About Marsden Hordern

Marsden Hordern is a fifth-generation Australian. His interest in history is of long standing, and for some years he served on the council of the Royal Australian Historical Society. Hordern's previous book Mariners Are Warned! was awarded the 1990 Age Non-fiction Book of the Year more

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