John Norton Oxley

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John Norton Oxley
Personal details
Born (1824-03-23)23 March 1824
Kirkham, New South Wales
Died 24 March 1891(1891-03-24) (aged 67)
Auburn, New South Wales

John Norton Oxley (23 March 1824 – 24 March 1891) was an Australian farmer and politician. He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for one term between 1856 and 1857.

Early life[edit]

Oxley was the eldest son of the noted explorer and colonial surveyor-general, John Oxley. He was educated at The King's School, Parramatta and undertook a grand tour of Europe between 1842 and 1845. On his return to Australia he farmed his father's property "Kirkham Estate" initially growing lucerne but later converting to cereal crops. Together with his brother and fellow parliamentarian, Henry Oxley he received a government grant of 5,000 acres in the Camden area.

Colonial Parliament[edit]

In 1856 Oxley was elected unopposed as one of the two members for West Camden in the first New South Wales Legislative Assembly under responsible government. His parliamentary performance was uninspiring and he did not hold office. He was defeated at the next election in 1858. One further attempt to re-enter parliament in 1859 was also unsuccessful.


Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
First election
Member for West Camden
1856 – 1857
Served alongside: Macarthur
Succeeded by
William Wild