Phillip Parker King departs England heading for Port Jackson

13th February 1817

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. ((Source:: King of the Australian Coast by Marsden Hordern))