The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/King, Hon. Philip Gidley
King, Hon. Philip Gidley, M.L.C., son of Rear-Admiral Philip Parker King, by Harriet, second daughter of Christopher Lethbridge, of Madford, Launceston, and grandson of Philip Gidley King, third Governor of New South Wales, was born at Parramatta, N.S.W., in 1817, and entered the Royal Navy, serving under his father and Captain (afterwards Admiral) Fitzroy, in the Adventure and Beagle. Having retired from the navy, he joined the staff of the Australian Agricultural Company at Port Stephens; and on the formation of the Peel River Company, in 1854, he was appointed manager. In Dec. 1880 Mr. King was called to the Legislative Council of New South Wales. He married in 1843 Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the late Hannibal H. Macarthur, nephew of the late John Macarthur of Camden Park, whose name is associated with the founding of the merino wool industry in Australia.