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Parks, Captain Murray Thomas (1862-1932)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 PKS/151-158

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Parks, Captain Murray Thomas (1862-1932)

Date(s): 1878-1890

Level of description: sub-fonds


Name of creator(s): Parks | Murray Thomas | 1862-1932 | Captain


Administrative/Biographical history:

Murray Thomas Parks, son of Commander Murray Thomas Parks, entered the Navy as a naval cadet in 1876. He served as midshipman in the RALEIGH under Captain Trewlawny Jago. He was midshipman in the INVINCIBLE and CRUISER 1881 to 1882. He was appointed to WATCHFUL, a gunboat, in 1884 and a commission lieutenant in 1885. In 1888 he was appointed to the COCATRICE in the Mediterranean. In 1892 he became lieutenant in the MEDEA and in 1893 transferred to the PHOEBE on the Cape Station. He was promoted commander in 1896 and in the same year appointed to the UNDAUNTED on the China Station. He was appointed commander of the BLANCHE on the Cape Station in 1900 and in 1903 joined the Coast Guard Service. He was promoted captain and retired in 1908.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Captain Murray Thomas Parks, including official service papers 1876 to 1878; letters sent home 1878 to 1890; and a midshipman's log for the INVINCIBLE and CRUISER 1881 to 1882.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The Parks family papers were presented to the Museum in two batches. The first batch were given by M T Parks in 1955, and the remainder of the collection was presented after Mr Parks' death by his cousin, Miss Rose Powell in 1973.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Sep 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26

Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Naval education

Personal names
Parks | Murray Thomas | 1862-1932 | Captain

Corporate names
Royal Navy