||FUNERAL OF JOHN
The Australian 30 May 1828
Funeral of Mr. Oxley took place in the afternoon of
His remains were followed to the
grave by a numerous concourse of relatives and friends.
At 3 o'clock precisely, the bearers commenced moving the
coffin across from the deceased's house to the church of
Saint James's, nearly opposite, in the aisle of which
the coffin was laid, whilst the funeral service was gone
through with. It took up a space of about ten minutes,
at the conclusion of which the coffin was again raised
and born out of the church, and placed on a bier, the
procession forming in order. The mutes took the lead.
Three clergymen - the Rev. S. Marsden, Mr. Cowper, and
Mr. Samuel Hassal followed; and next, the hearse drawn by four
horses - the surgeons of the medical staff - private friends and
relatives of the deceased - the three Judges in their robes -
gentlemen of the law in their gowns - the sheriff, and twenty
four couples, composed of civil officer and private gentlemen.
The procession moved along Elizabeth street across the
Race course, to the New Burying ground where a vault had been
prepared, in which the coffin was deposited. The vault was
closed, and the funeral procession returned towards town and
Notes & Links:
John Oxley at Moreton Bay 1823 -
2). John Oxley first arrived 1802 as master's mate
on the "Buffalo" and was engaged in coastal survey work. He
returned to England 1807 and 1809 and retired from Navy in 1811.
He returned to Sydney per the "Minstrel"
in 1812 to take up duties as Surveyor General. In 1817-18
explored the Lachlan and Macquarie Rivers, discovering the
Castlereagh, Peel and Hastings Rivers and naming Port Macquarie;
he surveyed Port Macquarie 1820 and found it favourable for a
penal settlement. He explored Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River
1823....Colonial Secretary's Index
John Oxley links - Free Settler or Felon
Australian Dictionary of Biography - John Oxley