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The plaque and seat commemorate explorer John Oxley’s exploration and naming of Mermaid Reach in 1823.

On 26th May 2012 a seat with plaque nearby was installed in the riverside parkland at Windermere Estate, overlooking the river: this commemorates John Oxley’s passage along and naming of Mermaid Reach. The date, nominated by his family, was significant - the anniversary of Oxley’s death in 1828. 

Oxley named the relatively straight stretch of the Brisbane River from Seventeen Mile Rocks to the next bend Mermaid Reach in honour of his sailing vessel "Mermaid".


Address:Counihan Road, John Magee Park , Seventeen Mile Rocks, 4073
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.53845
Long: 152.959826
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Seat
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 26th May, 2012
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au