Batman was born in Parramatta, New South Wales, and settled near Ben
Lomond in Tasmania in 1821. He personally attempted to pacify the
Tasmanian Aborigines during their hostilities with the European
settlers. He also worked as a bounty hunter for the Tasmanian
government, capturing Bushrangers for reward. One lady bushranger he
married rather than capturing and had by her six daughters and a
Known as the 'father of Melbourne', Batman landed on the site that is now Melbourne in May, 1835 and noted in his diary that 'This will be the place for a village'.
John Batman was leading a party of 15 people who were disappointed with conditions in Tasmania and, making a treaty with the local Aborigines, he purchased about 600 000 acres of land for blankets, knives and tomahawks.
Some 500 000 acres were around the site of Melbourne and the rest near Geelong.
In August of that year John Pascoe Fawkner arrived with another party of disgruntled Tasmanians and came upon the Batman settlement. Fawkner, born in London, had settled in Launceston in 1819 and established the newspaper The Launceston Advertiser.
Sir Richard Bourke, the Governor of New South Wales, did not officially support this upstart colony until 1837 when he finally conceded that the settlers were there to stay.