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John Oxley : 30-December-2009
John Oxley : 30-December-2009

Photographs supplied by Glen Yeomans

A monument commemorates explorer John Oxley.

John Oxley crossed Bowen`s Rivulet (Cox`s Creek) approximately 3 kilometres southwest of this spot on the 27th August 1818 and travelled east to Port Macquarie. 

Note :  As at 20 July 2016 it has been reported to us that the plaque on the monument has been stolen.


Address:Mullaley-Coolah Road, Mullaley Mountain, 4 kilometres south of Mullaley, Mullaley, 2379
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.136383
Long: 149.906667
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:27-August-1818
Actual Event End Date:27-August-1818


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 25th July, 1986
Front Inscription

On 27th August 1818 Surveyor General Lieutenant John Oxley crossed Bowen`s Rivulet (now Cox`s Creek) about 3km south-west of this point and travelled east toward Port Macquarie.  He named the black soil area to the east and south-east

This stone was erected to honour him and remind us of the courage of all explorers and pioneers.

May all who pass this way give a thought to
"The tracks of those vanishing horsemen.  
On a path covered over by time.  
Their glory all gone...
Still their echoes live on here... In the beat of my rhyme".

Erected by Tambar Springs APEX.  
Stone & Plaque Gunnedah Shire Council.
Citation from song by Eric Watson.

Unveiled 26-7-86 by Rachael Anne Barnes,
a great great great grandaughter of John Oxley

Source: MA,H
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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