Oxley is the smallest suburb in Canberra and is located in the district of Tuggeranong. The suburb is named after the explorer John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley (1783 to 1828), who was Surveyor-General of New South Wales.  Between 1817 and 1818, along with Allan Cunningham and Charles Fraser, he explored a large area of the Lachlan and Macquarie Rivers and discovered and named the Castlereagh River, Arbuthnot Range and Liverpool Plains, Hastings River and Port Macquarie. He discovered the Brisbane River in 1823.

The suburb was gazetted on 22 March 1982 and first settled in 1985. The streets are named after social reformers and the suburb has a total area of 1.08 km².

Oxley is next to the suburbs of Greenway, Wanniassa and Monash. It is bounded by Drakeford Drive, Taverner Street and Erindale Drive.

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