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John Oxley Bicentenary
2018 marks the bicentenary of John Oxlel's 1818 exploration of the Macquarie River, Liverpool Plains and the Mid North Coast. His journal is available on the Internet and is interesting reading. It includes bearings of landmarks down the coast from Port Nacquarie (which he discovered and named) to Port Stephens. Unfortunaly, there is both a lack of detail and ambiguity in his text that make some of his route and campsite positions uncertain.
Oxley found a small boat filled with sand on the beach south of Diamond Head but did not state its position other than "On the beach where we halted we found a small boat ..." and historians have taken this as the place where he halted for the night - a well-defined position. A few days later, he says the boat was thirteen miles from his campsite at Harrington. This puts its position five miles further north of the accepted position; an error too great for Oxley. The point is important as they carried the boat (from the Hawkesbury vessel Jane and probably weighed 300 kg) all the way to Port Stephens (140 km). It enabled his party to cross the various inlets down the coast and possibly saved their lives.
When Oxley said "On the beach where we halted ..." I believe he meant "On the same beach where we halted ..." allowing its position to be thirteen miles from Harrington. This would put the boat on Kylies Beach just south of Diamond Head.
Oxley was an experienced bushman and navigator and would have chosen his campsites along the beaches carefully. He would have known that bad weather comes from the south and would prefer to camp under the lee of a southern headland. Also, he needed fresh water for his horses and for his party; he would prefer to camp near a stream or lagoon. Historians seem to ignore these factors in suggesting campsite locations.
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Microfiche and Archive Records
Does anyone have a use for, or know someone who can use the following items:
Books for sale:
"The Pioneer Register" (second edition) Volume IV (compiled & edited by Dr C J Smee)
"The Hawkesbury Pioneer Register" (by Hawkesbury Family History Group, Windsor NSW)
"Valley of Gold" (by Jackie French) (a collection of children's stories we can all enjoy)
"Faulconbridge" (Springwood Historical Society - author Allan E Searle) Short history of an area first given the names of Faulconbridge
and Numantia in 1877.
"The Victorian Historical Magazine" Vol.43 167th issue Feb 1972 - contents: The passing of Harold Edwin Williams; Two Melbourne
Builders, 1853-1900; Thomas Mitchell's Route in Nth-West Victoria; The Victorian Horse Artillery.
"The Story of Hartley & its Historic Court-House NSW" (by WC Foster, WL Havard & BT Dowd)
"Church Heritage" Journal of the Church Records & Historical Society (Uniting Church in Australia NSW Synod) - 18 issues from March 1994
to September 2002 (including Newsletters for same time period)
"A Delectable Parish - Prospect & Seven Hills" 1923 (by William Freame) - An original book signed by author.
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From: John Marsden, Forster, NSW
Pat Kennedy #8147.1 of Central Coast Chapter has published a 200 page book (A4) "Legacy of Andrew Goodwin & Lydia Munro". If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please email Pat at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Its price is $25 plus postage (Australia) $13.40.