Philip Parker King, a British admiral, born on Norfolk island, Dec. 13, 1793, died at Grantham, near Sydney, Australia, in February, 1855. He was the son of a naval officer, and entered the navy in 1807. In 1817 he was intrusted with the conduct of an expedition to Australia, returning to Europe in 1823, when he published the results of his survey of the inter-tropical and western coasts; the atlas to this work was issued by the hydrographical office at the admiralty. In 1825 he was appointed to survey the S. coast of America, from the entrance of the Rio de la Plata round to Chiloe, and of Tierra del Fuego, and published in 1832 "Sailing Directions to the Coasts of Eastern and Western Patagonia, including the Straits of Magelhaen and the Sea Coast of Terra del Fuego." Afterward he returned to Australia, where he was elected to the legislature in 1851. Shortly before his death he was appointed rear admiral of the blue, being the first instance of a native of Australasia rising to so high a rank in the navy.