...a place in the KellyGang story
The town developed at the crossing place on the King River.
In 1862 the Oxley Road Board was formed to make the roads and bridges. Bridges
were a major priority. The King and Oxley Rivers had to be crossed but even
floods caused major problems in the area. The roads were almost impassable
in winter; particulaly to bullock drays and horse drawn coaches.
The police station was opened in 1866
Representatives from Oxley attended a major meeting to plan for the coming of the railways (Argus15/7/67)
In 1870 a school was opened half way between Milawa and Oxley.
The slab Methodist Church was one of the earliest churches in the area. The Presbyterian Church building was started in 1866 and St Pauls Anglican church in 1873
Oxley became the administrative centre from 1866.
The area was popular with selectors (Argus8/10/66)
Andrew Byrne was the President of the Oxley Shire Council (OMA4/5/1879)
With the discovery of gold Oxley developed with blacksmiths, hotels, schools, shops a police station. Oxley was on the route to Beechworth (via Everton and Greta) and the Buckland River in the north and Melbourne (via Winton) in the south.
The town had lots of social events such as race meetings, picnics, ploughing matches and church dances
See the cricket score (OMA13/2/1879)
Oxley's swamp could be a real problem (Argus24/11/68)
Oxley school formed in 1861
James Wallace was the school teacher in the 1870s.
Bank holiday, 23/1/79 (Argus22/1/79)
Cemetry - Trustees
Ned Kelly's grandfather James Quinn is buried in the Oxley cemetery
According to Ned Kelly in
the Cameron letter
Ned met James Whitty at the
races in Oxley in 1877
and discussed the thief of a bull.
On the night of Sunday 27/10/1878 the KellyGang was seen passing through town after the Mansfield Murders. They had been home that day.
There were reports that the KellyGang had decided in mid August 1879 that they would not try the Oxley bank as there is too many police there- two troopers every morning when the bank opens; and another drawback, the ground is too soft. (RC14791)
The police received information in 1880 that the KellyGang were going to take Oxley bank, but we afterwards heard that, on account of their seeing three policemen there in the morning when the bank opened, they thought it would not be worth while for the amount of money they would get there. (RC13855)
Councillors R Wood and D Evans (Argus15/7/67)
The Oxley cricket team included William Allen, William McAliece,
A and J Hume, G Heney, W J Whitehall, C W Lloyd, M Reid, H Fisher, C McKenzie,
J Gardner, and R Gray. (OMA13/2/1879)
William Allen Hon Sec Oxley Coursing Club (OMA5/6/1880)
William Moore, F Heach and D McCallum impounded a large number of horses in 1876
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