Melbourne-the place for a village

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Melbourne Homework, due Monday 27th.

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  • Governor King wanted a British presence in the south, so he sent Lieutenant David Collins to establish a penal colony in 1803 at what was then called Sullivan Bay. Unfortunately this settlement didn't last long because of poor soil, limited and the potential hostility of the local indigenous people.
  • In 1835, John Batman set out in the Rebecca, looking for good pasture around Port Phillip Bay. Seven Indigenous people sailed with him.
  • It is not known where Batman signed his treaty with the eight indigenous people he decided were local chiefs. In return for about 243,000 hectares of land, he offered, blankets, flour, tools, weapons, and mirrors, promising goods to a similar total value would be paid to them each year.
  • When Batman arrived in the Port Phillip region, he had with him Aboriginal translators from New South Wales, who would have spoken a completely different language to the Wurundjeri people.
  • Batman was disappointed later as his treaty was declared invalid by the Proclamation of Governor Bourke of New South Wales.
  • Fawkner eventually moved to the settlement Lancey began, setting up the town's first hotel and first newspaper. Batman also moved there from Indented Head, living there until his death in 1839.
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