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Former Member Details

Mr Philip Gidley KING (1817 - 1904)

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Date of Birth: 31/10/1817
Place of Birth: Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 05/08/1904
Place of Death: Double Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 15 Dec 1880 05 Aug 1904 23 years 7 months 22 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 10 December 1880
Political Party Activity
Freetrade. Nominated to Legislative Council by Sir Henry Parkes.
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1844.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Station Manager. Visited England at age 5. Educated at Bexley Place near Deptford from 1824 until 1825. Sailed as midshipman from 1831 becoming a life long friend of Charles Darwin. Returned to Sydney in 1836 and rejoined parents at Parramatta. Obtained pastoral experience on stations in Murrumbidgee and Port Phillip Districts from 1837 until 1840. Surveyed the road from Gloucester to New England. Joined Australian Agricultural Company in 1842 in charge of horse and cattle studs at Stroud. Manager of Goonoo Goonoo station near Tamworth from 1854 to c.1880. Trustee of Australian Museum 1881 - 1904. Member of Aborigines Protection Board 1883 - 1904. President of Australia Club
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
First Mayor in Tamworth from 1876 until 1880
Son of Phillip Parker, Captain of Royal Navy, and Harriett Lethbridge. Married Elizabeth Macarthur in 1843 and had issue, 1 daughter and 3 sons. Church of England.
Additional Information
Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: King family - papers of Philip Gidley King, the younger, 1856 - 1904 (MLMSS 4340) [CY 3737]; photographs in the PICMAN Database.