He was born in Richmond, NSW, in 1859 and went, as an infant, to Rylstone then Mudgee where he learnt the milling business.
An article in a newspaper places him as a student at Coonabarabran in 1871, where his father conducted a saddling business, and where some of his siblings were born between 1868 and 1874.
He was identified as working for the firm of R. Hall and Son, of Sussex St, as early as 1899.
He had some business interests in Peak Hill with his brother Thomas David (joint owners of the General Store, which they disposed of in 1902). He also appears to have had an investment property at Narromine (and later at Katoomba).
He married his wife, Grace Selina Pursell, in Warrnambool, Victoria, in 1891. There appears to have been some connection between the Oxley family and the Pursell family as Samuel's sister Ada Mary married Archibald Benjamin Pursell (Grace's cousin). Samuel's business interests took him to Victoria on a few occasions.
He was general manager of the Farmers and Settlers Co-operative.
An interview by the ABC with Samuels daughter, Alice, mentioned their life in Katoomba and West Pennant hills. Today there is a Samuel Oxley reserve at 68 - 72 Cardinal Avenue, corner of Boyd Avenue, West Pennant Hills near or at the location of their home. They had a commercial orchard on the property at West Pennant Hills. Samuel was also a poultry farmer.
Alice also told of Samuel's business interests in China which were dealt a fatal blow in the Boxer rebellion with the murder of the manager in Shanghai.
At the time of his death in 1952 he was living at 2 The Drive, Concord West, NSW.
Mr. Sam Oxley, who first made a milling reputation, and on going to the big smoke developed into a farm produce auctioneer for Humphries and Co., in Sussex-street, has been selected by another firm to proceed to New Zealand as their representative. It is an evidence of confidence on the part of his employers and competence on the part of the Mudgee boy, who deserves his success.
Mr. Sam Oxley.
Mr. Sam Oxley, for many years a miller in Mudgee, and who is now manager of Messrs. R. Hall and Sons' produce stores, was married on September 5th at St. John's Presbyterian Church. Warnambool. Victoria, to Miss Grace Pursell, a Victorian lady. Since going to Sydney Sam has made good progress, being reckoned among the shrewdest buyers and sellers in Sussex-street. He is also a partner in the firm of Oxley Bros., storekeepers, Peak Hill.
We beg to notify that we have this day disposed of our Business in Peak Hill (General Store) to Mr. W. TREGASKIS and Mr W. M. FITZGERALD, and all claims against the late firm of T. D. OXLEY and CO. will be rendered to Mr. T. D. OXLEY at Peak Hill, to whom all accounts due will also be paid.
(Signed) S. J. OXLEY, T. D. OXLEY.
Samuel mentioned as a pupil of Coonabarabran Public School in Maitland Mercury & Hunter River Advertiser of Thurs, 29 June, 1871.
Article on R. Hall and Son Produce Co, managed by Samuel Oxley, SMH, Wednesday 12 August 1903
The Sydney branch of R. Hall and Son was opened in Sussex St in 1890, under the management of Mr, Samuel James Oxley. He hails from Richmond, NSW, and was taken to Mudgee as an infant.He was reared at Mudgee and there aquired a knowledge of the milling business, which he followed until 1884, when he left for Sydney, and he has been in Sussex St ever since.
GRADING OF BUTTER. Giving evidence in Sydney before the Select Committee on the dairying industry, Samuel James Oxley, manager of the Farmers and Settlers Co-operative Society, said the greatest fault was than some butter was not up to the standard of choice dry worked butter ; Read the rest of the article, The Queenslander, Saturday 29 July 1905
Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 21 April 1927: SAMUEL JAMES OXLEY, of Peak Hill.-Overdue rates, £0/12/5; Land, Lot 6, Section 4, D.P. 2038, Murgah and Cathundril streets, Narromine.
Very interesting thing for me in the above is that my brother-in-law lived on the corner of Murgah and Cathundril streets in Narromine when I married my wife!
Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 9 December 1949: SAMUEL JAMES OXLEY of Katoomba and West Pennant Hills ROBERT HAROLD COLLIN and PERCY RANDALL COLLIN, both of Mosman. Overdue Rates, £332/7/5. Land. Part Lots 1/3 inclusive and Parts Lots 4 and DP 2470 Warialda Street Katoomba.
He had businesses in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The Shanghai business was wrecked in the Boxer rebellion, the manager murdered. Source: ABC Podcast Link to mp3
There is a Samuel Oxley reserve at 68 - 72 Cardinal Avenue, corner of Boyd Avenue, West Pennant Hills obviously named after this Samuel who lived nearby.
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