8 Oct 1818 - John Oxley reached NSW coast

#OnThisDay 8 October 1818 explorer John Oxley reached the NSW coast after following the Hastings River and named the area 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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