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The cairn commemorates the explorer John Oxley who camped near this spot on his exploration journey in 1818. 

On 26 August 1818 the expedition climbed a hill and saw before them rich, fertile land (Peel River), near the present site of Tamworth. Continuing further east they crossed the Great Dividing Range passing by the Apsley Falls on 13 September 1818 which Oxley named the Bathurst Falls. He described it as "one of the most magnificent waterfalls we have seen".

Upon reaching the Hasting River the exploring party followed it to its mouth, discovering that it flowed into the sea at a spot which Oxley named Port Macquarie.


Address:Legge & Derby Streets, 750 metres south on Apsley River, Walcha, 2354
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.988952
Long: 151.592843
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:08-September-1818
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Actual Event End Date:08-September-1818
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Front Inscription

John Oxley
Surveyor General
On His Journey Of
Exploration To The Coast
Camped Approximately 
1 Mile → S.E. Of Here  
8th September, 1818

Source: MA
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