Parkinson, Sydney (1745-1771)

Also known as
Parkinson, S. (1745-1771)
Parkinson, Sidney (1745-1771)
Field of activity
Natural History Draughtsman; Artist; Painter; Topographical painter; Natural history painter; Natural history artist
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Sydney Parkinson (1745?-1771), natural history draughtsman, was born in Edinburgh, the younger of two sons of Joel Parkinson, a brewer and a Quaker. Although apprenticed to a wool draper, Parkinson's preference...

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Sydney Parkinson was a natural history and topographical painter. Joseph Banks took him on Cook's Endeavour voyage to the Pacific (1768-71) where he was a natural-history draughtsman. Parkinson died of fever and dysentery at sea in 1771. He was only twenty-six.

natural history and topographical painter, was born in Edinburgh, younger son of Joel Parkinson, an Edinburgh brewer and a Quaker, and his wife Elizabeth, brother to Stanfield and Elizabeth. In the preface to Sydney’s posthumous Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas (1773) Stanfield provided most of the known information concerning his brother’s early life. Their father, reluctant about insisting upon the payment of debts owed to him, left the family in straitened circumstances at the time of his death. Sydney was apprenticed to a woollen draper, but chose rather to develop his talent for drawing 'flowers, fruits, and other objects of natural history’. There is no direct evidence that he received any formal art training; if he did, it is surprising that his brother, who certainly sought to place him in as favourable a light as possible, makes no mention of it. Given his growing interests, however, it is quite possible that Parkinson had seen something of the work of William de la Cour, who ran a school of drawing and design in Edinburgh from 1760, even if he did not take lessons. It is likely too that he saw something of the landscape watercolours of Edinburgh artists active in the 1760s, such as John Clark, Alexander and John Runciman and Jacob Moore, and he was possibly influenced by Paul Sandby who worked extensively in Scotland from 1747 until the early 1750s while employed on Colonel David Watson’s great topographical survey of the Highlands. Sandby was also active ...

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  • fl. c.1765 - c.1771

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Sydney Parkinson was employed by Joseph Banks as an illustrator on James Cook's first voyage to Australia.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Parkinson, Sydney
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Captain Cook's Kangaroo
    Lysaght, A.
    Published: 1957
    Series: New Scientist, 1
  3. Some Natural History Drawings Made During Cook's First Voyage
    Sawyer, F. C.
    Published: 1949
    Series: Society for Bibliography of Natural History Journal, 2
  4. Early Artists of Australia
    Rientis, Rex and Rientis, Thea
    Published: Sydney, 1963
  5. Illustrations of Australian Plants Collected in 1770 During Captain Cook's Voyage
    Britten, J.
    Published: London, 1905
  6. Parkinson, Sydney (1745?-1771), a natural history draughtsman
    Rienits, Rex
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1967
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 2, 314
  7. The Study of Australian Eucalypts
    McCarthy, Gavan; Smith, Ailie; Moje, Christine; Rigby, Rebecca
    Published: eScholarship Research Centre, 2013
  8. Eucalypts: A Celebration
    Wrigley, J. and Fagg, M.
    Published: Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest Australia, 2010
  9. The East Coast of the North Island: Zoological Collections of the Endeavour Voyage
    Andrews, John Robert Haydon
    Published: 2012
    Series: Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 42, 2, 139-44

Resources by Sydney Parkinson (116)

  1. Sydney Parkinson / Jas. Newton
    Newton, James, 1748-approximately 1804
    [ Art work : 1784 ]
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    Sydney Parkinson / Jas. Newton
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  2. Die Pflanzen der insel Outahitée aus der Parkinsonischen Reisebeschreibung gezogen, und mit Anmerkungen erläuteret von Z'
    Parkinson, Sydney, 1745?-1771
    [ Book : 1773 ]
    Languages: German
    At State Library of NSW
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 92,454.898)

  3. A journal of a voyage to the South Seas : in His Majesty's ship, the Endeavour : faithfully transcribed from the papers of the last Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman to Joseph Banks, esq. on his late expedition with Dr. Solander around the world / embell ...
    Parkinson, Sydney, 1745?-1771
    [ Book : 1777-1784 ]
    Possibly online
    At State Library of NSW
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  4. Kaka Beak, New Zealand. From the plant observed during Captain Cook's first voyage, 1768-1771, printed in 1969 / Sydney Parkinson
    Parkinson, Sydney, 1745?-1771
    [ Art work : 1969 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  5. Bread fruit [i.e. Breadfruit, 1769?] [art reproduction] / Sydney Parkinson
    Parkinson, Sydney, 1745?-1771
    [ Photograph : 1988 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  6. Kangaroo ... drawn on Captain Cook's first voyage, from the original in British Museum (Natural History), 1968 / Sydney Parkinson
    Parkinson, Sydney, 1745?-1771
    [ Art work : 1968 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  7. Voyage autour du monde, sur le vaisseau de sa Majeste Britannique l'Endeavour / par Sidney Parkinson ; precede d'un discours en forme d'introduction sur les principaux navigateurs anglais et français qui ont précédé l'Endeavour; suivi d'un abrég ...
    Parkinson, Sydney, 1745?-1771
    [ Book : 1797 ]
    Languages: French;English, [1 other]
    At 5 libraries
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  8. Journal of a voyage to the South Seas / by Sydney Parkinson
    Parkinson, Sydney, 1745?-1771
    [ Book : 1773-1985 ]
    At 30 libraries
    Journal of a voyage to the South Seas / by Sydney Parkinson
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  9. Account of the country, natives & natural produce of New Holland / edited, with an introduction, by John Currey
    Parkinson, Sydney, 1745?-1771
    [ Book : 2003-2010 ]
    At 8 libraries
    Account of the country, natives & natural produce of New Holland / edited, with an introduction, by John Currey
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 66,701.906)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 66,701.906)

  10. Sydney Parkinson, artist of Cook's Endeavour voyage / D.J. Carr, editor
    Carr, D. J. (Denis John)
    [ Book : 1983 ]
    Possibly online
    At 63 libraries
    Sydney Parkinson, artist of Cook's Endeavour voyage / D.J. Carr, editor
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Resources about Sydney Parkinson (38)

  1. Sydney Parkinson / Jas. Newton
    Newton, James, 1748-approximately 1804
    [ Art work : 1784 ]
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    At National Library
    Sydney Parkinson / Jas. Newton
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  2. PARKINSON, Sidney
    Unknown
    [ Photograph ]
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    At Wollongong City
    PARKINSON, Sidney
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  3. Die Pflanzen der insel Outahitée aus der Parkinsonischen Reisebeschreibung gezogen, und mit Anmerkungen erläuteret von Z'
    Parkinson, Sydney, 1745?-1771
    [ Book : 1773 ]
    Languages: German
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 92,276.125)

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  4. A journal of a voyage to the South Seas : in His Majesty's ship, the Endeavour : faithfully transcribed from the papers of the last Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman to Joseph Banks, esq. on his late expedition with Dr. Solander around the world / embell ...
    Parkinson, Sydney, 1745?-1771
    [ Book : 1777-1784 ]
    Possibly online
    At State Library of NSW
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  5. [Sydney Parkinson : Australian Art and Artists file]
    [ Published ]
    At 2 libraries
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  6. Series 72.047: Letter received by Banks from John Fothergill, 2 July [?]1773
    [ Unpublished : 1773 ]
    View online
    At State Library of NSW
    Series 72.047: Letter received by Banks from John Fothergill, 2 July [?]1773
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  7. Series 72.048: Letter received by Banks from John Fothergill, 25 July 1773[?]
    [ Unpublished : 1773 ]
    View online
    At State Library of NSW
    Series 72.048: Letter received by Banks from John Fothergill, 25 July 1773[?]
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  8. Journal of a voyage to the South Seas / by Sydney Parkinson
    Parkinson, Sydney, 1745?-1771
    [ Book : 1773-1985 ]
    At 30 libraries
    Journal of a voyage to the South Seas / by Sydney Parkinson
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  9. Account of the country, natives & natural produce of New Holland / edited, with an introduction, by John Currey
    Parkinson, Sydney, 1745?-1771
    [ Book : 2003-2010 ]
    At 8 libraries
    Account of the country, natives & natural produce of New Holland / edited, with an introduction, by John Currey
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 66,523.828)

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  10. Sydney Parkinson, artist of Cook's Endeavour voyage / D.J. Carr, editor
    Carr, D. J. (Denis John)
    [ Book : 1983 ]
    Possibly online
    At 63 libraries
    Sydney Parkinson, artist of Cook's Endeavour voyage / D.J. Carr, editor
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  1. Sydney Parkinson / Jas. Newton
    Newton, James, ...
    [ Art work : 1784 ]
    Sydney Parkinson / Jas. Newton
  2. Two of the natives of New Holland a ...
    Parkinson, Sydn ...
    [ Art work : 1969 ]
    Two of the natives of New Holland advancing to combat / from an engraving after Parkinson by T. Chambers [Facsimile edition Christchurch] Avon Fine Prints, 1969
  3. Bread fruit [i.e. Breadfruit, 1769? ...
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    [ Photograph : 1988 ]
  4. Kangaroo ... drawn on Captain Cook' ...
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    [ Art work : 1968 ]
  5. Kaka Beak, New Zealand. From the p ...
    Parkinson, Sydn ...
    [ Art work : 1969 ]
  6. Emberiza citrinella / Sydney Parkin ...
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    [ Art work : 1767 ]
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  1. Parkinson, C. T., (Charles Tasman) (-1968)
    Clergyman; Schoolmaster; Actor
    ... at Hawera, New Zealand, fourth son of William Alfred Parkinson, Sydney-born journalist, and his ... Charles Tasman Parkinson (1886-1968), clergyman, schoolmaster and actor, was born on 1 October 1886 ...
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 73,201.57)

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  2. Parkinson, Wilfred Charles (1884-1964)
    Magnetic observer
    ... Parkinson, Wilfred Charles (1884-1964) ... Wilfred Parkinson is author of over forty articles on magnetic phenomena. He was a magnetic ...
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 36,775.324)

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  3. Parkinson, Doug
    Actor; Performer; Singer; Devisor; Actor and Singer
    ... Doug Parkinson is an Australian Actor, Performer, Singer, Devisor, Actor and Singer who is ...
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  1. TENDERS. ESTATE C. P. PARKINSON (deceased).
    Territory of Papua and New Guinea Government Gazette (1949 - 1971) Thursday 8 February 1951 [Issue No.9] p 53

    Government Gazette Tenders And Contracts

    ... Estate of C P Parkinson (deceased) Sydney, 5th February, 1951 ... TENDERS. Estate C. P. Parkinson (deceased). SEALED TENDERS endoised "Tenders Waldow and Cape ... 213 words
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  2. IN BANKRUPTCY. Re William Ambrose Parkinson.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 14 December 1888 [Issue No.777] p 8917

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... . (801) IN BANKRUPTCY. Re William Ambrose Parkinson. NOTICE is hereby given that a Sequestration Order ... has this day been fznade against the abovenamed 'William Ambrose Parkinson, of William ... 69 words
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  3. IN BANKRUPTCY. Re Percy Oliver Parkinson, of Belmont, shiftman.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 3 December 1926 [Issue No.158] p 5204

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... Iii the Supreme Court of New South Wales. (26,060) IN BANKRUPTCY. Re Percy Oliver Parkinson, of ... -street, Sydney, not later than the 11th day of December, 1926. N. C. LOCKHART, N Registrar in Bankruptcy ... 111 words
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  1. Parkinson, Sydney
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  2. Tradition and change in Australian law / Patrick Parkinson
    Parkinson, Patrick
    [ Book, Audio book : 1994-2013 ]
    Languages: English;Chinese;Undetermined, [2 others]
    View online (access conditions)
    At 94 libraries
    Tradition and change in Australian law / Patrick Parkinson
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  3. Sydney Parkinson : artist of Cook's Endeavour voyage
    [ Book : 1900-2019 ]
    At QLD Uni of Tech
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  4. A journal of a voyage to the South Seas in His Majesty's ship, The Endeavour : faithfully transcribed from the papers of the late Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman to Joseph Banks on h
    Parkinson, Sydney
    [ Book ]
    At Haileybury College
    A journal of a voyage to the South Seas in His Majesty's ship, The Endeavour : faithfully transcribed from the papers of the late Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman to Joseph Banks on h
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 432.685)

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  1. Parkinson Injured
    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954) Friday 20 April 1945 p 16 Article
    ... when he was injured at North Sydney Oval on Saturday. Parkinson may not play in the first half of the ... »- — ! -Parkinson Injured Dave Parkinson, Balmain fullback, broke a small bone above his ankle ... 195 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3,760.021)

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  2. PARKINSON IMPRESSES
    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954) Sunday 26 May 1946 p 22 Article
    ... PARKINSON IMPRESSES By EDDIE WARING, English Rugby League Expert. If Australia has a better full ... -back than Dare Parkinson (Balmain), I want to see him. I saw Parkinson in the second half of yesterday ... 262 words
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  3. PARKINSON DOUBTFUL
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Monday 6 September 1948 p 5 Article
    ... PARKINSON DOUBTFUL ? Balmain full-back Dave Parkinson is the only player in doubt in either side ... for the Rugby League final be-tween Balmain and St. George at the Sydney Cricket Ground next Satur ... 153 words
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  1. Parkinson, Sydney
    [ Published ]
    At NGV Library
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  2. Sydney Parkinson Bussell miscellaneous papers, 1841-1897
    Bussell, Sydney Parkinson
    [ Unpublished : 1841-1897 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  3. Papers of W. D. Parkinson
    Parkinson, W. D
    [ Unpublished : 1932 ]
    At National Library
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  1. PARKINSON DOES WELL
    The Rugby League news.
    [ Article : 1947 ]
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    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    PARKINSON DOES WELL
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  2. Sydney Parkinson: At last a young genius gets his due
    Pacific islands monthly : PIM.
    [ Article : 1984 ]
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    Sydney Parkinson: At last a young genius gets his due
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  3. XI - Hydraulic power supply in Sydney. Parkinson water meter
    Dickinson, Tom
    [ Article : 2000 ]
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    At UniSyd Open Journals
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  4. Sydney Parkinson: Artist of Cook's Endeavour Voyage.(Book Review)
    CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
    [ Article : 1993 ]
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  1. Thomas Parkinson
    Thomas Parkinson
    Created by bradwellpark, 2 items.

    Insolvency Thomas Parkinson 1867

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  2. Annie Cozens Anna Maria Parkinson
    Annie Cozens Anna Maria Parkinson
    Created by bradwellpark, 1 item.

    brother to John Thomas Parkinson

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  3. Mary Jane Woods/Parkinson
    Mary Jane Woods/Parkinson
    Created by bradwellpark, 3 items.

    Marriage to John Thomas Parkinson 24 Nov 1892

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  1. Patrick Parkinson on the Catholic sex abuse crisis
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2012 ]
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    At ABC Radio National
    Patrick Parkinson on the Catholic sex abuse crisis
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  2. Nicholas Parkinson interviewed by J. D. B. Miller
    Parkinson, Nicholas, Sir, 1925-2001
    [ Sound : 1990 ]
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    At National Library
    Nicholas Parkinson interviewed by J. D. B. Miller
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  3. Michael Parkinson address to the National Press Club on 20 March 1979
    Parkinson, Michael, 1935-
    [ Sound : 1979 ]
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    At National Library
    Michael Parkinson address to the National Press Club on 20 March 1979
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  4. Michael Parkinson address at the National Press Club on 27 May 1980
    Parkinson, Michael, 1935-
    [ Sound : 1980 ]
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    At National Library
    Michael Parkinson address at the National Press Club on 27 May 1980
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  1. Plan of a proposed line of road to connect the Illawarra Road with the Canterbury Road : applied for on petition by the residents of Canterbury and Georges River, Parish of St. George
    [ Map : 1833-1897 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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