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John Batman, The Founder Of Victoria

by James Bonwick

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1868. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... allowed, at the first land sale in 1838, to purchase lands to the west of Geelong at the then upset price of five shillings an acre, up to the extent of seven thousand pounds. That sum was to be allowed them as compensation for their outlay and loss in the foundation of the This was a poor return. Several of the Association have assured me that such an allowance left no margin, as the expenses far exceeded the sum named by Government. It is singular, that of the original fifteen in the Association, several took no part in the settlement, nor had further direct advantage from the good and early times of cheap grass. Poor Mr. Gellibrand, with his friend Mr. Hesse, were lost in the bush towards the Mr. Batman, survived him but two years. Worthy Dr. Thomson has but recently left us. Three-fourths of the Association are deceased. They who regard the squatter now, at ease in his possession, can but little appreciate the perils, privations, sufferings, and cares through which the pioneers of the colony had to pass. These who now enjoy their wealth well deserve their prosperity. MR. BATMAN'S TREATY WITH THE NATIVES This is too important a subject to be lightly treated and must, therefore, be fully discussed. We will first have Mr. Batman's story about it, as conveyed in his journal. Describing his native friends, whom he met not far from the site of Melbourne, on Saturday, 6th June, 1835, he thus proceeds: -- After some time, and full explanation, I found eight chiefs amongst them, who possessed the whole of the territory near Port Phillip. Three brothers, all of the same name, were the principal chiefs, and two of them men of six feet high, and very good looking; the other not so tall, but stouter. The other five chiefs were fine men. After a full explanation of what m...

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Paperback / softback
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black & white illustrations
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United States
88 pages
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