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Friday, June 21, 2024

Prized piece of Australian history stolen from Sydney exhibition

A police investigation is underway after an historic 19th century gold seal was stolen from an exhibit in Sydney’s west yesterday.

Police say that between 2.30pm and 2.45pm yesterday, explorer John Oxley’s fob seal was taken from its exhibition case where it was being displayed at Old Government House, Parramatta.

John Oxley.

John Oxley was appointed the Surveyor-General of New South Wales from 1812. The seal bears the family crest and is engraved with the motto ‘Patientia et Fortitudine’ or ‘Patience and Strength’. It is made of engraved rock crystal and is mounted in an 18-carat gold converted fob-watch, measuring 52mm x 24mm x 12mm.

The theft was reported to officers from Parramatta Police Area Command who established a crime scene and commenced an investigation.

“As inquiries continue, investigators are appealing for information and have released a description of a man that may be able to assist with their inquiries,” NSW Police said in a statement today.

The stolen seal.

The man is described as having a dark complexion, about 175cm tall and of medium build. He was seen wearing a black beanie, a dark top with a white stripe and carrying a small black backpack.

As inquiries continue, investigators are appealing for anyone with information that may assist to contact Parramatta Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“Police would also urge members of the public who may have been approached by anyone attempting to sell this item, to also come forward,” Police said.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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