Oxley, John (1785-1828)

Also known as
Molesworth Oxley, John Joseph William (1783-1828)
Molesworth Oxley, John Joseph William (1785-1828)
Oxley, J. (1785-1828)
Oxley, J. (John) (1783-1828)
Oxley, John (1783-1828)
Oxley, John Joseph (1784-1828)
Oxley, John Joseph William Molesworth (1783-1828)
Oxley, John Joseph William Molesworth (1784-1828)
Oxley, John Joseph William Molesworth (1785-1828)
Field of activity
surveyor-general; Explorer; Surveyor; Artist; Printmaker; Draughtsman; Council member; Surveyor-general; Midshipman
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John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley (1784?-1828), surveyor-general and explorer, was born at Kirkham Abbey near Westow, Yorkshire, England, and baptised at Bulmer on 6 July 1784, the eldest son of John...

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Sketcher, engraver (?), surveyor and explorer. Oxley's 'Journals of Two Expeditions into the Interior of New South Wales' (London 1820) are the first published descriptions of the Australian interior, but the illustrations are mainly by his associates, Evans and Lewin.

sketcher, engraver (?), surveyor and explorer, was born at Kirkham Abbey, Yorkshire, eldest son of John and Isabella Oxley. John junior joined the Royal Navy as a midshipman in 1799 and was aboard the Buffalo 's surveying voyage in Australian waters in 1802-06. In 1806 he commanded the Estamina on a voyage from New South Wales to Van Diemen’s Land. Back in England in 1807 he was commissioned lieutenant, returning to Sydney in November 1808 to serve as first lieutenant on board HMS Porpoise . Oxley retired from the navy in 1811 and was appointed surveyor-general of New South Wales the following year, returning to Sydney in the Minstrel . Having previously received a land grant, he took this up near Camden and erected a substantial house and stables on his property, Kirkham, presumably with the assistance of 'Pain[e]'s Plans of Architecture, 2 vols folio’, listed in the sale of his library in 1828 (the stables survive). In March 1817 Oxley led an exploratory party, which included the botanist Allan Cunningham and the sketcher-surveyor George William Evans , along the Lachlan River and into the area south-west of Bathurst in quest of Australia’s mythical 'inland lake’ (in which Oxley continued to believe). The government awarded him £200 for 'meritorious services’ on this expedition. The following year, the same party followed the course of the Macquarie River on a journey which lasted six months; they were the first recorded Europeans to see and name the Castlereagh River, the Liverpool Plains and ...

  • June 1802 Aboard the 'Buffalo'.

Flourished

  • fl. c.1820 - c.1824

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John Oxley was Surveyor-General of New South Wales and explored various parts of the colony collecting scientific, particularly geological, information.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Oxley, John Joseph William Molesworth
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. The Search for the Inland Sea: John Oxley, Explorer, 1783-1828
    Johnson, Richard
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2001
  3. Oxley, John Joseph William Molesworth (1785?-1828), surveyor-general and explorer
    Dunlop, E. W.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1967
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 2, 305-307
  4. Life and Work of Lieutenant John Oxley
    Rowland, E.
    Published: 1942
    Series: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 28
  5. John Oxley
    Dunlop, E. W.
    Published: Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1960
  6. Biographical Sketches of Some of the Members of the Philosophical Society of Australasia
    Cambage, R.H.
    Published: 1921
    Series: Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, lv, xxxiii-xlii
  7. Haynes, Roslynn
    Published: 2002
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 14, 2, 217-219
  8. Tracking and Mapping the Explorers, vol. 2: the Macquarie River, Warrumbungle Mts, Pilliga Scrub, Liverpool Plains, Apsley Falls, Hastings River, Port Macquarie 1818, Oxley and Evans
    Whitehead, John
    Published: John Whitehead, Coonabarabran (N.S.W.), 2004
  9. Tracking and Mapping the Explorers, vol. 1: the Lachlan River exploration, 1817, Oxley - Evans - Cunningham
    Whitehead, John
    Published: John Whitehead, Coonabarabran (N.S.W.), 2003

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  1. John Oxley / <written by> Jo Jensen ; <illustrations by> Peta Barrett ; edited and compiled by Debra Craig
    Jensen, Jo, 1954-
    [ Book : 1995-2017 ]
    At 68 libraries
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  2. The search for farmland : Australian exploration from 1813 to 1836 / John and Jennifer Barwick
    Barwick, John, 1953-
    [ Book : 1999 ]
    At 64 libraries
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  1. St John, Dorothy (1907-1984)
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  1. OXLEY COMMON.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Wednesday 23 January 1907 [Issue No.9] p 431

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    ... OXLEY COMMON. NOTICE.—A Meeting of Commoners will be held at the "Commercial Hotel," Oxley, on 26th ... January, 1P07, to elect five Trustees for the above Common for the ensuing three year*. JOHN BENNETT ... 41 words
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  3. COMMONERS' BOUNDARIES AT OXLEY.
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  1. OXLEY, John
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  3. Squires Colour Photograph
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    [Portrait of John Oxley, 1783-1828, explorer]
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  4. Lieutenant John Oxley, R.N. : relevant material held in the John Oxley Library
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  3. John Oxley Library microfiche catalogue
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  4. John Oxley
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  1. Oxley.
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    ... Oxley. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) At the Oxley Police Court on Tuesday, 12th inst., before Mr. E ... . L. Rowling, P.M., John Phillips was charged with the larceny of a tarpaulin from the waggon of Mr. W ... 208 words
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  2. OXLEY.—
    The Western Champion (Barcaldine, Qld. : 1922 - 1937) Saturday 12 December 1931 p 11 Article
    ... OXLEY.— "James Garfield Bayley (U.A.P.). Francis Mattew John Baker (Lab). Francis Joseph Pforr ... 15 words
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  3. OXLEY.
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    ... OXLEY. (from our own correspondent. On Wednesday, the 2nd inst, John ' tin was .-Brought before ... Messrs Gsu er, Connors and Lang, at the Oxley i ice Court, on the charge of larcenv of tei. - igs of ... 605 words
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  3. [Interviews with Des Linto, Tom Oxley, Jr., Noel Oxley and Dr. Martin John (John) Williams] [interviewed by Vendla Tinley]
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  1. Das innere von Neu-Sud-Wales nach John Oxley 1822
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  3. Plan of Kirkham Estate, belonging to John Oxley Esqre
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    John Moffatt
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    Information about John Moffatt, son of William Moffatt of Newbattle (Midlothian, Scotland) and Oxley (Queensland, Australia).

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