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Park, (Captain)
Captain of the 'Cato' - the ship in which Flinders was a passenger on his return to England from Port Jackson in 1803. The 'Cato' was wrecked on Wreck Reef, 170 km south-west of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland. Park and Flinders were instrumental in saving the crews of the 'Cato' and the 'Porpoise', the other ship wrecked at the same time.

Parry, William Edward
1790-1855. Commander of the 'Alexander' (see also David Buchan and John Franklin). Commanded three expeditions to the Arctic - 1819-20; 1821-23; 1824-25. Knighted for his expeditionary work. Reached the farthest point north in 1827, a record which stood for almost 50 years.

Pasley, Thomas
Flinders's sponsor in joining the Royal Navy in 1789. Introduced to Flinders by the latter's cousin Henrietta Flinders, who was governess to Pasley's children. Became an Admiral and was knighted for his services in HMS 'Bellerophon'.

Paterson, Lieutenant Colonel William
1753-1810. Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales under Philip Gidley King.

Pearce, Thomas
Served in HMS 'Providence'.

Peel, Robert
Future prime minister of England, in 1811 Peel (aged 23) was the Under-Secretary of War and Colonies, in which capacity he is mentioned in a letter to Flinders from the Admiralty.

Pellew, (Admiral) Edward, Viscount Exmouth
1757-1833. Viscount Exmouth, Admiral of the Red. Entered the Royal Navy in 1770. Served in the American Revolutionary War and British conflicts against the French. Given his first command in 1780, aged 23; promoted to Post Captain in 1782. Most famous command was that of the 'Indefatigable' in 1795. Captured 'La Virginie', commanded by Captain Bergeret in 1796. Made a baronet in 1796. Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty's ships and vessels in the East Indies 1804-09 and in the Mediterranean until 1817. Flinders named Cape Pellew and Sir Edward Pellew Group (in the Gulf of Carpentaria) for him. Pellew lobbied hard for Flinders' release.

Petrie, Ann
Daughter of Ann and Matthew Flinders. Born 12 April 1812.

Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
Grandson of Matthew Flinders. Born 3 June 1853, Charlton, England. Became a world-famous archaeologist. Appointed Edwards Professor of Egyptology in 1892. Knighted for his services to Egypt in 1923. Died in 1942.

Pitot, Thomas
Became a great friend and ally of Flinders during the latter's detention on Ile de France.

Pope Clement XIII
Carlo della Torre Rezzonico, born 1693. Succeeded Benedict XIV as Pope in 1758. Died 1769.

Purdie, Robert
Surgeon's assistant, HMS 'Investigator'.

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