Title: John Oxberry (1857-1940) receiving the freedom of the Borough at the Shipley Art Gallery 22 December 1937
Reference Number: GL000059
Item Description: Renowned local historian and member of the Society of Antiquaries, John Oxberry was born at Windy Nook and educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne. As a young man he went out to the gold mines in Otago, New Zealand but failing to make his fortune, he returned to Gateshead. From 1885 –1890 he was School Attendance Officer under the Heworth School Board. After that, until 1917 he was Relieving Officer under the Gateshead Board of Guardians and in 1917 until his retirement in 1930, he was Superintendant Registrar of Gateshead Registration district. In 1937, he was elected an Honorary Freeman of the Borough and presented with a silver casket in the Shipley Art Gallery.
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