He joined the British Navy and was the first Australian to become an admiral. In 1817 King was given command of an expedition to complete the exploration of the north-western coast of Australia. Sailing in the cutter "Mermaid", by way of Bass Strait to North West Cape, he commenced his survey along the coast towards Arnhem Land. During his four voyages off the northern and north-western coasts, King named Port Essington and Buccaneer's Archipelago (after Dampier), proved the insularity of Melville Island and charted the coastline. He also surveyed the west coast from Rottenest Island to Cygnet Bay (in King Sound) and the entrance to Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania.
Please refer to Australian Dictionary of Biography for more inforamtion about Phillip Parker King (1791–1856)
Philip Parker King passed away in 1856 at Penrith, New South Wales, Australia. 
"FUNERAL OF THE LATE ADMIRAL PHILIP PARKER KING." The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) 3 March 1856
"MEMOIR OF REAR-ADMIRAL PHILIP PARKER KING, F.R.S., F.R.A.S., F.L.S., &c., &c." The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) 28 February 1856
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