The Australian 30 May 1828

The Funeral of Mr. Oxley took place in the afternoon of Wednesday.

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 dispersed.

Notes & Links:

1). John Oxley at Moreton Bay 1823 - 24

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

3). John Oxley links -  Free Settler or Felon

4). Australian Dictionary of Biography - John Oxley

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