Parker Archive now online

Following our post last month about a new deposit relating to Admiral William Parker, we’re pleased to say that this collection is now catalogued and searchable on the SC&A website.

William Parker (1800-1873)

William Parker (1800-1873)

The archive documents the personal and professional life of Parker, who served in the Imperial Brazilian Navy from 1823 until his retirement in 1867.

Naval records in the archive include notes appointing Parker to various commands, some signed by Thomas Cochrane, the controversial officer who served as the inspiration behind author Patrick O’Brian’s character Captain Jack Aubrey (played by Russell Crowe in Master and Commander).

Cochrane appoints Parker to the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Imperial Brazilian Navy, 3 April 1823

Cochrane appoints Parker to the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Imperial Brazilian Navy, 3 April 1823

There is also a substantial amount of material, including correspondence, photographs, and financial and business records, relating to Parker’s children, Flora, Guillermo, Maria, and Augusto, and other family members.

Flora Parker (1830-1904), eldest daughter of William Parker

Flora Parker (1830-1904), eldest daughter of William Parker

 

Most of the papers are in Spanish or  Portuguese, though invaluable summaries, transcriptions and translations have been provided by the depositor (William Parker’s great-great-grand-daughter).