Why is Batman's Treaty significant to the history of Melbourne, Australia?

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  • Land use agreement correct

    Approximately two years before Melbourne was officially recognized as a settlement, the Aboriginal Wurundjeri Elders entered a land use agreement with John Batman of the Port Phillip Association. This agreement was later used by the British government as a claim against local Aboriginal peoples, stating Batman gained access to their lands in exchange for supply rations and trade goods. The interpretation and meaning of this treaty is still contested today. Source: AboriginalHistoryofYarra.com.au

  • Aboriginal trade agreement
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