When Philip was about 17 years old and a cadet draftsman, he accompanied the state’s Surveyor-General, George Goyder, on an expedition to the Northern Territory (at that time, part of South Australia). The team were to do a land survey and select a site for the capital. Goyder is most well known for mapping a line of demarcation in South Australia of arable land. North of the line, the land was considered suitable only for light grazing.
Burden Place in Darwin is named after Philip Burden.