#OnThisDay 8 October 1818 explorer John Oxley reached the NSW coast after following the Hastings River and named the area, on Biripi country, Port Macquarie. A penal settlement was established in 1821 to replace Newcastle as a site for convicts who re-offended in the Colony. The Port Macquarie region was opened up to free settlers in 1830.
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Parish maps function as indexes to land titling and land tenure records. We show you how to make sense of all of the details on a parish map.
Surveyors out working in the field would forward to the Surveyor General tracings and sketches as part of their work. We have digitised a quantity of these beautiful and informative drawings.