Appeal for information after theft of 19th century gold seal from exhibit - Parramatta

Friday, 14 May 2021 10:31:26 AM

An investigation is underway after a rare 19th century gold seal was taken from an exhibit in Sydney’s west yesterday.

Between 2.30pm and 2.45pm yesterday (Thursday 13 May 2021), explorer John Oxley's fob seal was taken from its exhibition case where it was being displayed at Old Government House, Parramatta.

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.

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.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.