Born in 1781 in Kirkham Abbey, Yorkshire, England. John Oxley first came to New South Wales in 1802 when he was nineteen and a naval officer. In 1812 he was appointed Surveyor-General of Lands in New South Wales. His visit to Moreton Bay in 1823 established ground work for the Moreton Bay Settlement, originally first designed for Redcliffe. He died at the age of forty-five in 1828. He reported to Governor Thomas Brisbane who showed great interest in Northern New South Wales, which is now called, Queensland.
I've put in paragraph spacing in places that aren't in the original manuscript. This is to make the article easier to read online. To obtain a original copy of the Narrative read J.G Steele's The Explorers of the Moreton Bay District: 1770-1830(1). His footnotes and comments about this narrative are quite interesting and greatly helped with my own understanding.