John Norton Oxley was born 23 February 1824 in "Kirkham", Camden, New South Wales, Australia to John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley (c1784-1828) and Emma Norton (1797-1885) and died 24 March 1891 in Moolabin, Auburn, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Harriet Jane Hassall (1830-1910) 15 February 1854 in St Pauls, Cobbitty, New South Wales, Australia. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.


Offspring of John Norton Oxley and Harriet Jane Hassall (1830-1910)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Annie Emma Oxley (1854-1897)
William Molesworth Oxley (1856-1924)
Frederick Norton Oxley (1858-1941)
Mary Molesworth Oxley (1860-1946)
Arthur Moreton Oxley (1862-1940)
Eleanor Maude Oxley (1865-1908)
Amy Isabel Oxley (1868-?)
Beatrice Marsden Oxley (1871-1953)


THE remains of the late Mr. J. N. Oxley, who died on the 24th instant, were interred in the family vault, St. Paul's Church, Cobbitty, on the 26th of March. John Norton Oxley was born at Kirkham in 1824, and at the age of 18, accompanied by his mother and brother, made a visit to England and France, returning after 3 years' stay. On his return he carried on extensive farming operations both at Kirkham and Wingecarribee. At Kirkham he superseded the old windmill by a steam flour mill. The late Mr. J. N. Oxley was elected to represent the district of West Camden in the first Parliament convened after the establishment of Responsible Government in this colony in the year 1856, but in consequence of having succeeded in passing the Broad Gauge Act, with a view to preserving the public roads by encouraging the use of broad-wheeled waggons instead of narrow-wheeled drays, he became politically unpopular, after which he never sought re-election. He was also appointed to the office of magistrate of the colony of New South Wales and Queensland prior to their separation. Mr. Oxley was one of the first railway enthusiasts, having been directly concerned in the Sydney to Parramatta Railway, in which he was associated with Sir Alfred Stephen and the late Sir Charles Cowper and others. In the International Exhibition of 1880 the deceased took a prominent part, being appointed superintendent of the Machinery and Agricultural Hall in the Garden Palace, and in recognition of the services he rendered he was presented with an address, two gold watches, a purse of sovereigns, and a silver table service. Mr. Oxley was also one of the promoters of technical education in this colony. He was elected a judge and steward during the early stages of the Agricultural Society of New South Wales. During the latter period of his life he was engaged upon the design and management of the Sewage Farm at Botany. Mr. Oxley leaves a widow and eight children—three sons and five daughters.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 March 1891, page 4

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¶ Death
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  • OXLEY.—March 24th, at his residence, Moolabin, Auburn, John Norton Oxley, aged 67.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 March 1891, page 1