John Batman

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Birthday
21, 1801
Birthplace
Australia
Death Date
May 6, 1839 (38)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
21, 1801
Birthplace
Australia
Death Date
May 6, 1839 (38)

About

Best remembered as a member of the 19th-century expedition that established a settlement near Australia's Port Phillip Bay that would later become the city of Melbourne, this farmer and businessman signed a treaty with Australian Aboriginals living in the area that is present-day Victoria.

Before Fame

In his early twenties, he moved from the Sydney area to Tasmania (then called Van Diemen's Land) to become a grazier (pastoral farmer).

Trivia

In late 1829, he attacked and massacred or captured members of an Aboriginal family.

Family Life

His marriage to Elizabeth Callaghan resulted in eight children: seven girls and one boy.

Associated With

He and Hamilton Hume were both Australian explorers of the Nineteenth Century.