- Wyndham was among the first areas settled by Europeans in Victoria.
- It was settled by members of the Port Phillip Association in 1835.
- It was an illegal settlement as the British Government had not given approval.
The Port Phillip Association:
- Group of 15 businessmen / investors from Tasmania
- Led by John Batman
- They aimed to find good land for pasture for sheep. (Tasmania by this period had been well settled & there was a shortage of available land.)
- They chose the name Port Phillip - hence the name of our bay today.
- Batman was famous for making a Treaty with the Aborigines to buy all land in this area.
Student Activity 2
- Where and when was the treaty signed?
- What did Batman receive?
- What did the aborigines receive?
- Do you think the treaty was fair? Explain your answer.
- Can you suggest any reasons why the aborigines might have signed it?
- Why was the treaty later declared illegal?