Ben had his first race on the Yarra in 1862 against Punch from NSW after having arrived in Melbourne from London. He soon moved up to Ballarat and was heavily involved in rowing there, along with Thomas Gill, who became his son in law. Ben's son Harry won his first race as a 9 year old on Lake Wendouree, and was involved in rowing in Ballarat until he came down to Melbourne in 1884 where he rowed for the Civil Service Club and also for Victoria. He later became a noted coach.
Known rowing record:
1862 March 15 - Sculling race on the Yarra River against James Punch from NSW.
1867 - Ballarat Regatta, senior pair and senior four races. Despite low water levels, impromptu racing conducted
1869 - Ballarat Regatta, senior pair, bow seat - First
- The Victorian Oarsman by John Lang, 1919
- The History of the Ballarat Regatta by Kate Elliott, 2009
- Rev Sandy Brodine, descendant of Ben Oxlade