Guide to the John Batman Deeds


MS 2292

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: July 1975

Collection Summary

John Batman
John Batman Deeds
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 2292
1.1 metres (2 map folios)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Scope and Contents

The National Library has 4 different copies of the Melbourne deed for 500,000 acres and we have one copy of The Geelong deed for 100,000 acres

The wording is the same for each of the Melbourne deeds although the format is different.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record ( for the access conditions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], John Batman Deeds, National Library of Australia, MS 2292, [item number]'.

Item Descriptions

Copy number 1 of the Melbourne deed (Item)

30 cm x 76 cm

1 leaf divided into 2 parts; old 'photocopy' on cardboard.

This is possibly a photographic copy of one of the 3 original Melbourne deeds which was transcribed in a letter from John Batman to Lieut. Governor Arthur (see P23/3/481 f.9A).

Copy number 2 of the Melbourne deed (Item)

31 cm x 68 cm

2 leaves (the second leaf is blank except for the numbers 4612 and 4613); 2 copies on yellow paper (2 photocopies also held) in roll received 1969, from Victoria.

Relation to original uncertain.

Copy number 3 of The Melbourne deed (Item)

25 cm x 35 cm (each leaf).

2 leaves; photocopies.

Dated 13 November 1846, Hobart, and signed by 2 clerks of Mr Pitcairn.

This is a photocopy (cut short) of what Rev. Wells offered the National Library in October 1969 for $200 (see P23/3/481). Rev. Wells' copy was 2 pages and measured 32 cm x 41 cm.

Copy number 4 of the Melbourne deed (folio run) (Item)

44 cm x 70 cm

1 leaf

Yellow paper on cardboard; With inscription on bottom: "Batman's Melbourne". Deed Facsimile of the original in The Public Library of Victoria".

Copy number 1 of The Geelong deed (folio run) (Item)

36 cm x 61 c

1 leaf

Yellow paper; With inscription on bottom: "Batman's Geelong' Deed Facsimile of the original in The Public library of Victoria"