John Oxley’s descendant visits Library
Staff and researchers were thrilled to meet Sarah Oldham, who is the great, great, great. . . granddaughter of the famous explorer, John Oxley (1783-1828). Sara recently visited the library to research monuments that were erected in his honour. What more appropriate library to do this research in than State Library’s John Oxley Library?
Can you pick the family resemblance between Sarah Oldham and this well known photograph seen here in one of the books in the John Oxley Library's collection? Historian, Geoff Wharton, shares some stories with Sarah about her celebrated ancestor.
The John Oxley Library is a world class collection of Queenslandiana and was named after Sarah’s famous ancestor because of his interest in promoting and developing library services as well as his prominent place in Queensland history. He was a naval officer, surveyor and explorer and the first European to extensively explore the Brisbane River.