Oxley, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Oxley is located in Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°24′22″S 149°04′48″E / 35.406°S 149.080°E / -35.406; 149.080Coordinates: 35°24′22″S 149°04′48″E / 35.406°S 149.080°E / -35.406; 149.080
Population1,693 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,568/km2 (4,060/sq mi)
Gazetted22 March 1982
Area1.08 km2 (0.4 sq mi)
Territory electorate(s)Brindabella
Federal Division(s)Bean
Suburbs around Oxley:
Greenway Wanniassa Wanniassa
Wanniassa Oxley Greenway
Greenway Monash Monash

Oxley (postcode 2903) is the smallest suburb in Canberra. It is located in the district of Tuggeranong. The suburb is named after the explorer John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley (1783 to 1828), who explored parts of New South Wales.[2] It was gazetted on 22 March 1982[2] and first settled in 1985. Streets are named after social reformers[2][3] and the suburb has an area of 1.08 km².

It is next to the suburbs of Greenway, Wanniassa and Monash and is bounded by Drakeford Drive, Taverner Street and Erindale Drive.


Deakin Volcanics green grey, purple and cream rhyolite occurs over most of the suburb and Deakin Volcanics green grey and purple rhyodacite is found in the far south east corner. These rocks are from 414 mya in the Silurian period.[4]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Oxley (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 January 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c Canberra's suburb and street names : origins and meanings. Department of the Environment, Land and Planning. 1992. p. 98. ISBN 1-86331-128-9.
  3. ^ https://www.planning.act.gov.au/tools_resources/place_search/place_search3?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHAlM0ElMkYlMkYyMDMuOS4yNDkuMyUyRlBsYWNlTmFtZXMlMkZQbGFjZURldGFpbHMuYXNweCUzRm9iamVjdElEJTNENTM3MTcmYWxsPTE%3D
  4. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.