John Oxley [1781-1828] Surveyor-General of New South Wales. Report of an expedition to survey Port Curtis, Moreton Bay and Port Bowen, with a view to form Convict Penal Establishments there, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT REPORT sent to Frederick Goulburn, Colonial Secretary of new Sout Wales, for the information of the Governor, General Sir Thomas M Brisbane. Oxley was sent by Brisbane in 1823 in the 'Mermaid' to search the coast line beyond Port Macquarie for a site where a new convict settlement might be established. On his way back he put into Moreton Bay and discovered the Brisbane River




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