|John Oxley - Moreton Bay - November/December 1823|
Calm, with rain, until 10 o'clock, then clear with winds from eastward. At 7, left the vessel to examine the west shore of the Bay, and at 12 landed on a low mangrove island at the entrance of a considerable river, carrying from the main part of the Bay to the inlet in which it lays, two and a-half fathoms, stiff mud.
Station 1st. - Redcliff Point, north 62 1/2* east, 2 [miles] in line with point of island, 10 chains; on the point to the south-east, north 150*, one and a-half mile. Inner point opposite, north 164* half mile, narrowing to one-quarter, the channel on the island side off the point, of which runs a sand spit about 30 chains to the eastward. Tree up the river on west bank, north 251*, one and a-half [miles].
Stations 2. - Short last station 30 cahins, north 175* 50 chains. Full of low mangrove island and shoals, width about one-quarter mile. The river to end of this station very narrow, six or seven chains, but deep, five fathoms.
Station 3. - On Larboard shore, north 287* 60 chains, cutting a low mangrove point on opposite shore. Shores on both sides low, six to eight feet water at low water; north 306* 40 low and swampy. North 325* 30; north 297* 30. Finding the stream had its source in swamps and not from the mountains, did not pursue it further. Where we left off, the water was brackish, and there were a great many very fine cypresses. Ascended a small hill on right, of good soil. Saw the stream had a weir across a little higher up. Much good timber of the eucalyptus species, with she-oak (casuarina) and dog-wood. The natives are very numerous on the shores of this inlet, and came down in great numbers, trying all methods in their power to induce us to land, waving green boughs, holding up their necklaces, ect. Several waded off to the boat, to whom we gave biscuit, which they ate.
After pulling out of the inlet, we landed at sun-set on a point. Stony, good land, about three miles to the south-east of the entrance in to the inlet we had examined, and round which is a shoal inlet. Plenty of fresh water and grass.