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An anchor commemorates the route taken by John Oxley in his exploration of New South Wales in 1818, and marks the spot where Oxley crossed the Peel River in 1818. The foundation stone for a permanent memorial was originally erected in 1918 and was unveiled during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the Peel Valley by John Oxley

On 28 May 1818,  Oxley led another expedition from Bathurst and followed the Macquarie River until it too disappeared into `an ocean of reeds` (Macquarie marshes). From the 6 July Oxley`s party proceeded north-east until they discovered the Castlereagh River, then turning east they found the rich Liverpool Plains, reached and named the Peel River, crossed the southern part of the New England Range near Walcha, found the Hastings River and followed it to its estuary which was named Port Macquarie.

The "Sydney Morning Herald" says that Tamworth is to have a unique memorial to Lieutenant Oxley, the first of New South I Wales, who discovered the Peel River in 1818, An anchor of H.M. survey- ! ing ship Senlark has been obtained from the Commonwealth Naval De partment,- and is t-obe placed on the Oxley pedestal on Manilla Road, about . six miles from Tanrworch. _ The anchor, which has been on Gar den iBland since' the Sealark went out of commission, was landed at man-o'- war steps and conveyed to Darling Harbour railway 'station for transport to Tamworth, Tho Oxley pedestal was unveiled on Sep tember 2, 1918 — the centenary of the j discovery of the Peel River — by tho I then Premier (Mr. Ilolman). Mr. T. G. Adamson, of Mosman, the originator of the Oxley celebration at Tamworth, explained that the spot where Oxley crossed the Peel River, and also his camping place in tho j Moore Creek Range, had been identi fied from tho explorer's diary. The pedestal liad been erected adjacent to these historic spots, and it had been considered appropriate that an an chor of H.M.S. Sealark, which had carried out important survey work in : Australian waters, should surmount the pedestal, as Oxley was an officer of the Royal Navy. The Navy Board had t generously given the anchor for tho purpose of the memorial, and tho sec- , retary of the board had stated that it I was thought very approprlte that tho ' anchor included as a memorial to Lieutenant Oxley Bhould also bo a ' relic of one of the survey ships. Lieutenant Oxley, who was appointed a member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales in 1824, died at Kirkham, near Camden, on May 25, 1828. Mr. Adamson stated that la was for many years thought that Oxley was uur.ed in the old Cobbity ceme tery, but there was no trace of the grave there. A barn at Kirkham; built, by Oxley, bearing the date 1816, is still standing, but nothing remains of tho old h'omestend. It was subsequently discovered that Oxley was buried in the old Devonshire Street cemetery, and when that burial ground was closed tho explorer's romalnB wero removed i to the Botany cemetery. Mr. Adamson said that it was believed that the i tombstone, which stood over Oxley's grave in tho Devonshire Street ceme tery, was removed to tho eastern subI urhe, and wus used us a flagstone in a private residence in that district. Ho is anxious to locate the historic relic, | and would be glad of information re- | gardlng its whereabouts. Mrs. Oxley. tho explorer's wife, died in 1885, and 1 was burled in St. Anne's cemetery, I Ryde. It is expected that arrangements will be made to unveil the memorial anchor on - September 2, tho one hun- | dred and eighth anniversary of tho : first crossing of tho Peel River,
Telegraph (Brisbane),  25 May 1926.



Address:Manilla & Anchor Roads, 10 kilometres north of Tamworth, Tamworth, 2340
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.033083
Long: 150.884267
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 2nd September, 1926
Front Inscription

                OXLEY MEMORIAL
This ANCHOR from the H.M.R.N. Survey Ship "SEALARK" 
was donated by the Naval Board Melbourne 
               as a Memorial to 
         Lieutenant JOHN OXLEY R.N. 
Explorer Scientist and First-Surveyor General of New South Wales.
This Memorial marks the route taken by the Explorer 
            on the 2nd. September, 1818.
Obelisk unveiled by the Hon. W. A. HOLMAN, Premier, 2nd. September, 1918.
Anchor erected by Cockburn Shire, 2nd September, 1926


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