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'Melbourne' and 'Geelong' deeds, 1935

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 278/34

Scope and Contents

Copies of two manuscript deeds drawn up by J.T. Gellibrand, signed between John Batman and eight local chiefs on 6 June 1835. The deeds, the originals of which are in the Public Library of Victoria, granted Batman land covering the sites of Melbourne and Geelong, but were later held to be legally invalid. They have been mounted in plastic sleeves.


  • 1935


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5 item(s) (5 plastic sleeves) : paper/photograph

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

RCMS 278/34/1b, 2b and 3 were presented by the Public Library of Victoria, 1935. The provenance of the other items is unknown.

Existence and Location of Copies

For the location of copies see the 'Australian dictionary of national biography', vol. I (1966), p. 70, and the 'Public Library of Victoria 1856-1956' (1956), pp. 124-125.


This collection level description was created by RAS.


Batman, John, 1801-1839

Finding aid date

2004-02-05 13:56:31+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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