Stephen King Jr.

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Stephen King Jr. ca. 1885

Stephen King (15 December 1841 – 8 October 1915) was a sketcher, surveyor and explorer. He was part of the last John McDouall Stuart expedition (1861-1862), successfully crossing Australia from south to north, and was appointed Surveyor of the Overland Telegraph party sent out by Darwent and Dalwood in 1870.[1][2]

King was born on the family property "Kingsford" (near Gawler) South Australia[3] and was educated at the Adelaide Educational Institution. He died on 8 October 1915 at the age of 74, and was buried in North Road Cemetery, Nailsworth, South Australia.[3]

He was the cousin of fellow expedition member J.W. Billiatt. After completion of the expedition, Billiatt spent some more time at Kingsford, ... On 15 September 1863, Billiatt married Ann Elizabeth King, third daughter of Stephen King Snr at St George Church Gawler. They had five children, three of whom died in infancy. Six weeks after their wedding they left for England on the Coonatto, captained by W. Begg.[4]

Auld Billiat Thring
Frew Kekwick Waterhouse King
absent: Stuart Nash McGorrery
Nash King
Auld Thring
Nash Gorrery
Auld Thring King


  1. ^ Papers of Stephen King Jr. held by State Library of South Australia, PRG 627
  2. ^ Surveyor's copy of 'Instructions to the officers in charge of the Overland Telegraph party sent out by Messrs. Darwent and Dalwood to Port Darwin' held by State Records of South Australia, GRG 154/7
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  4. ^ John William Billiatt Flinders Rangers Research