Painting, Shall we make camp, Mr Oxley?; Ambrose Carr; c1980; 2015.39


Port Macquarie Museum


Painting, Shall we make camp, Mr Oxley?

About this object

Framed oil painting depicting Surveyor General and explorer, John Oxley and his party on horseback arriving at Town Green headland on 8 October 1818 by [Brian] Ambrose Carr [1934-1993]. The painting is titled 'Shall we make camp, Mr Oxley?'.

The painting was inspired by John Oxley's journal entry '...We passed over an excellent and rich; alternately thick brush and clear forest, with small streams
of water for near four miles more, when, to our great joy and satisfaction, we arrived on the sea-shore about half a mile from the entrance of what we saw (with no small pleasure), formed a port to the river which we had been tracing from Sea View Mount. Thus, after twelve weeks travelling over a country exceeding three hundred and fifty miles, in a direct line from the Macquarie River, without a single serious fatality ... We pitched our tent upon a beautiful point of land, having plenty of good water and grass; and commanding a fine view of the interior of the port and surrounding country...' JOURNALS OF TWO EXPEDITIONS INTO THE INTERIOR OF NEW SOUTH WALES, BY ORDER OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IN THE YEARS 1817-18. BY JOHN OXLEY, SURVEYOR GENERAL OF THE TERRITORY AND LIEUTENANT OF THE ROYAL NAVY.

The painting was one of 32 original paintings by Ambrose Carr exhibited at his first exhibition held at the Port Macquarie Primary School auditorium from 23 to 27 August 1980. The exhibition was staged with the cooperation of the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie, of which Brian Carr was a member. Twenty five of the 32 paintings sold before the last day of the exhibition. This painting sold for $950. It was purchased by the donor's parents Bill and Mary Green for their home at Hibbard Drive, Port Macquarie.

Ambrose Carr enjoyed capturing the beauty of the Australian bush and the early history of Port Macquarie in his paintings. Many of the scenes painted for his first exhibition were taken from historic photographs.


Ambrose Carr

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Medium and Materials

Wood, cardboard, paint

Place Made

Port Macquarie

Inscription and Marks

Signed in bottom right hand corner 'AMBROSE CARR'


Frame measures 1300mm L, 1000mm W

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Donor: Jim Green

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Brian Carr
John Oxley
Port Macquarie

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