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Amity Court

John Oxley (1785-1828) Surveyor–General and explorer was born at Kirkham, Yorkshire.  He joined the navy in 1799 and sailed to Australia late in 1801 in “H.M.S. buffalo” as master’s mate, arriving in October 1802, he was first engaged in coastal survey work.

He retired the navy in 1811 and took up his appointment as Surveyor-General of New South Wales in 1812.  In 1823 he sailed as far north as port Curtis and on his return voyage put into Moreton Bay and with the assistance of the ticket of leave castaway john Finnegan, discovered the Brisbane River.  On his return to Sydney he recommended Moreton Bay as a suitable site for another penal settlement.

In 1824 John Oxley arrived in Moreton Bay in the Government brig “Amity” to select the site for the penal settlement.  The surveyor-General Oxley laid out the first penal settlement in Redcliffe.


H.M.S. Buffalo

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