A matter of history: possession, colonialism and Batman's treaties. ID: DP0557757

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This ambitious study not only seeks to understand the reasons why Batman's treaty with Aborigines in Port Phillip was made by settlers and overturned by government in 1835, but why indigenous rights to land were denied throughout the Australian colonies. It will also consider the ways in which a settler society and Aboriginal communities have created and deployed myths of Batman and the treaty in the course of trying to legitimise claims to country and place. This research will deepen our understanding of the relationship between indigenous peoples and colonial societies, and the cultural and political uses of historical narratives.
Effective start/end date1/01/0531/12/06


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$1,640.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$30,360.00