Robert Lewis Parker was born in Launceston on 22 Oct 1862, the eldest of seven children of Robert John Parker (c.1837-1903) and his wife Jane Roberts (c.1840-1924). RL Parker was a member of the Northern Tasmanian Camera Club. He won a first award for a collection of photographs of Tasmanian scenery at the Tasmanian Exhibition in 1891-92. He was educated at the Launceston Church Grammar School and gained his Associate of Arts degree in 1879. He was admitted to the Bar in 1884 and two years later joined the law firm of Ritchie, Parker, Alfred Green and Co., of which he became a senior partner.
RL Parker was active in the Northern Law Society, the Launceston Public Hospital Board, the Toosey Memorial Hospital at Longford, a trustee of the LCGS, a charter member of the Launceston Rotary Club, a life fellow of the Royal Empire Society, and a member of the Royal Philatelic Society. During the 1929 flood Robert was a trustee and chairman of the Relief Fund Committee. He was awarded the CMG in 1930.
Robert Parker married Aimee Josephine Archer on 28 Apr 1887 and they had one daughter, Doris, who was born on 20 Feb 1888. Aimee died aged 67 on 23 Jan 1933 and Robert married Janet Snashall in London on 22 May 1934. Robert died on 3 Nov 1948 at the age of 86 and was privately cremated at Carr Villa.