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A Humanitarian Tradition
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In 1835, John Batman and his Port Phillip Association signed a treaty with eight Aboriginal men at a place later known as Melbourne.

This horrified the News South Wales colonial authorities and Governor Richard Bourke disallowed the deal on the grounds that the land belonged to the crown, not local aborigines.

Historians have interpreted Batman's exchange of goods and rent for grazing land, in a number of ways.
US Domestic Dependent Nation Doctrine
indigenous people, International law, treaties, United States of America
Aboriginal Rights & Title In Canada
Aboriginal Title, Canada, First Nations Canada, native title, treaties, United States of America
John Batman's Treaty
Jun, 6, 1835
Batman, John, New South Wales, Port Phillip Association, treaties
...a countryman of theirs...
Jun, 6, 1835
Batman, John, Clark, Manning, coexistence, land ownership, Port Phillip Association, trade, treaties
Terra Nullius
colonisation, crown land, doctrine of tenure, First Fleet, New South Wales, sovereignty, terra nullius
Aboriginal & Treaty Rights In Aotearoa - NZ
Common Law, Maori, native title, New Zealand (Aotearoa), Privy Council, Treaty of Waitangi, 1840
Other Lands Settled By The British
Canada, colonisation, Common Law, native title, New Zealand (Aotearoa), treaties, Treaty of Waitangi, 1840 , United States of America