Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Push to change names linked to Australia's past

There were different standards in the past but the achievements of our ancestors were great and are rightly honoured.  And who is to say that our current behaviour standards are in any sense "right"?  In future it may be that the history destroyers are the ones seen as ignorant

Wealthy grazier John Batman is remembered as one of the "founding fathers" of Melbourne. He famously declared the site of the modern day city to be "the place for a village," suggesting it be called "Batmania".

He also signed a so-called "treaty" with Aboriginal elders in 1835, believed to be the only such agreement of its kind in Australia. In exchange for items like knives, flour and blankets, Batman's treaty gave him access to around 60,000 acres of land.

But the treaty was soon annulled, with colonial powers saying Batman did not have the authority to make it.

"Rename Batman" organiser Emily De Rango said Batman essentially duped Aboriginal people into an unfair trade they didn't understand.

She said there were also historical records of Batman as a bounty hunter of Aboriginal people in Tasmania. "Batman was one of the people to found Melbourne as a colonial city, which makes him important in a way," Ms De Rango told SBS World News. "But he's also somebody who was responsible for the murder of, and dispossession of Indigenous peoples."

Batman's name is a constant presence in Melbourne, with an electorate, streets, parks and other landmarks named after him.

But that might be about to change. One local council, Darebin, is changing the name of Batman Park in the northern suburb of Northcote and they want the Batman electorate to be renamed as well. "This is just one small step in the broader reconciliation journey that all levels of government need to get on board with," Darebin Mayor Kim Le Cerf said.



Anonymous said...

Such a shame Melbourne wasn't known as 'Batmania'. That would have been awesome.
There seems to be so much of judging the past by today's mores.
Would any normal, flawed, human person survive such treatment?

Anonymous said...

Biggest load of bullshit I have read in my life. I am sick and tired of these left-wing nut jobs trawling for so called victims. None alive can today lawfully attest to the agreement that occurred between John Batman and the local indigenous tribe but there are many claiming to be local indigenous (questionable in its own right) who falsely claim rights to land that is not legally theirs.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

P.C. nonsense rises again the little snowflakes are trying to change everything to suit their very narrow minded views and liberal snowflakes are as narrow minded and as dumb as they'll always be