He called the technique illuminated printing and the poetry illuminated books. Nearly all of his critics believe that the idea for illuminated books preceded the invention of relief etching, that either the idea of text integrated with images on the same page or Songs of Innocence actually mocked up on paper was the mother of invention.
He joined the navy in as a midshipman in the Venerable, and transferred in November to the Buffalo, in which as master's mate he sailed to Australia. Arriving there in October he engaged in coastal survey work including an expedition to Western Port in Next year he returned to England where on 25 November he was commissioned lieutenant.
He came back to Sydney in November to take up an appointment as first lieutenant in H. He had obtained an order from the Colonial Office for a grant of acres ha near the Nepean River, but Lieutenant-Governor William Paterson granted him acres ha. Oxley had to surrender these inbut Governor Lachlan Macquarie granted him acres ha near Camden which he increased in to acres ha again.
This he called Kirkham. Next year he wrote a lengthy report on the settlements in Van Diemen's Land before sailing for England in the Porpoise in May. In London he applied for the post of Naval Officer in Sydney, and then, after paying Charles Grimes to resign, according to John Macarthurhe twice sought that of surveyor-general.
Oxley denied that he had been a partisan of Macarthur when Bligh was deposed, but his letters show that he was on very intimate terms with the rebel leader.
In he became engaged to Elizabeth Macarthur; this was broken off when her father discovered the extent of Oxley's debts. By that time, through the influence of Macarthur's friend Walter DavidsonOxley's second application for the surveyor-generalship had been successful.
In he had retired from the navy, and in May sailed for Sydney in the Minstrel to take up his new duties. During Governor Macquarie's administration Oxley was as much occupied with exploring as surveying.
In his assistant, George Evansdiscovered the Lachlan River and reported good country south-west of Bathurst. In March Macquarie appointed Oxley to lead an expedition to explore this region and if possible 'to ascertain the real course … of the Lachlan … and whether it falls into the sea, or into some inland lake'.
Leaving Bathurst on 28 April the explorers followed the Lachlan for more than two months until in July impassable marshes prevented further progress. Oxley then struck northward to the Macquarie River, which he traced back to Bathurst, where he arrived on 29 August.
On 28 May Oxley led another expedition from Bathurst and followed the Macquarie River until it too disappeared into 'an ocean of reeds' Macquarie marshes. From 6 July Oxley's party proceeded north-east until they discovered the Castlereagh River, then turning east they found the rich Liverpool Plains, reached and named the Peel River, crossed the southern part of the New England Range near Walcha, found the Hastings River and followed it to its estuary which was named Port Macquarie.
A hazardous journey down the coast ended at Newcastle in November, some six months after the party's departure from Bathurst. The rich pastoral lands of the Liverpool Plains were quickly taken up by pastoralists, but Oxley failed in his primary object of tracing the Macquarie and Lachlan Rivers and formulated the mistaken theory of an inland sea.
Nevertheless his reports aroused great interest, and not only did his Journals of Two Expeditions Into the Interior of New South Wales London, give the first detailed description of the Australian inland, despite his grave doubts of the value of the lands he had traversed, but his discoveries paved the way for the later work of Charles Sturt and Sir Thomas Mitchell.
Oxley's naval experience fitted him better for coastal survey work than for inland exploration. In September-December he made a trip by sea to Jervis Bay, where he thought the country did not offer 'the smallest inducement for the foundation of a Settlement on its shores, being … for the most part Barren and generally deficient in Water'.
In December he made a second survey of the district and reported in favour of establishing a new penal settlement there. In October he sailed north as far as Port Curtis, and on his return explored Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River, up which he sailed about fifty miles 80 km.
His favourable report was again quickly followed by the formation of a penal settlement. Bigge accepted these and, when Governor Sir Thomas Brisbane received his report, Oxley drafted in July specific regulations for sales at 5s an acre, to be paid over three years; in and again in he drew up further regulations on land grants in accordance with the fluctuating orders of the Colonial Office.
In he was appointed one of the three commissioners to carry out the thorough survey of the colony and its division into counties, shires and parishes which had been ordered from London; but this work was not easily accomplished.
The duties of the survey office became very extensive as settlement expanded and Oxley was always handicapped by the lack of a sufficiently numerous trained staff.
Governor Sir Ralph Darling thought him 'very clever' but a man who would 'never submit to the Drudgery of carrying on the details of his Department'. He constantly sought increases in fees, salary and staff, but though both Macquarie and Brisbane supported his requests, the secretary of state was reluctant to incur the extra expenditure.Unlike most editing & proofreading services, we edit for everything: grammar, spelling, punctuation, idea flow, sentence structure, & more.
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