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John Batman
John Batman

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A monument commemorates John Batman ( 1800 -1839) who is best known as a founding father of Melbourne. 

Batman was buried in the old Melbourne cemetery (since 1922 the Queen Victorian Market), but no headstone marked his grave. When interest in Batman arose 40 years later it was near impossible to establish his burial place. Once found, a bluestone monument was erected in his memory in 1881 and publicly unveiled on the 3rd June 1882.  

A plaque unveiled in 1992 acknowledged that Aboriginal people originally occupied the lands. In 2000, the City of Melbourne’s Aboriginal Consultative Group requested the revised corrective plaque be added as it believed the wording of the 1992 plaque was too weak. A new plaque was installed on the monument in 2004. 


A prosperous Tasmanian farmer, Batman looked to Victoria to increase his grazing lands. In 1835, Batman made his controversial ‘treaty’ with Wurundjeri elders and returned to Launceston to make arrangements for the new settlement.

On returning to Victoria some months later, he found John Pascoe Fawkner had already settled the site of Melbourne. With his health declining, he settled on Batman’s Hill, near the present site of the Southern Cross Railway Station. He died of syphilis just four years later in 1839.

 

Location

Address:Queen Street, Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne, 3000
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.808138
Long: 144.957643
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Settlement
Monument Designer:J. W. Brown
Link:http://adb.anu.edu.au/

Dedication

Front Inscription

JOHN BATMAN

Born at Parramatta N.S.W. 1800
Died at Melbourne 6th May 1839 
He entered Port Phillip Heads 
29th May 1835
As leader of an expedition which
he had organised in Launceston V.D.L.
to form a settlement and founded one
on the site of Melbourne then unoccupied

This Monument Was
Erected
By Public Subscription In
—  Victoria —
    1881 

Circumspice

J. W. Brown   Carlton

Plaque:
The City of Melbourne acknowledges that the historical events and perceptions referred to by this memorial are inaccurate. An apology is made to Indigenous people and to the traditional owners of this land for the wrong beliefs of the past and the personal upset caused. 

 

 

Source: MA, ADB
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