Deny King

Deceased Person

1909 – 1991


Who was Deny King?

Charles Denison King AM was an Australian naturalist, ornithologist, environmentalist, painter and tin miner. He spent fifty five years living in Melaleuca in Port Davey, part of the remote South West Wilderness of Tasmania where he discovered the extinct shrub, Banksia kingii, among other major exploits.

King was a tin miner by profession and followed his father, Charlie, to Melaleuca in 1936, where he built a house, which was accommodation for himself and workers as well as the airstrip which opened up tourism for the South West Wilderness.

On 6 June 1940, Deny King enlisted in the Australian Army where he served through World War 2 being discharged on 15 October 1945.

On 5 November 1949, Deny King married Margaret Ann Cadell at St David's Cathedral, Hobart. The couple had two daughters, Mary and Janet.

He was instrumental in preserving the habitat of the Orange-bellied Parrot and it was in Melaleuca that he discovered the extinct tree or shrub Banksia kingii. King also discovered a species of eyebright, Euphrasia kingii, as well as a flowering evergreen in the Protea family: King's Lomatia.

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May 12, 1991

on July 23, 2013


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