John Batman was a bounty hunter and entrepreneurial colonialist who committed war crimes including but not limited to murder, enslavement and falsifying legal documents to proclaim ownership of the stolen lands of the Kulin nation, where Melbourne now stands.

In 1829 after leading a brutal attack on a group of over 60 Aboriginal Tasmanians in the district of Ben Lomond, Batman said of the surviving two men, woman and child he "...found it impossible that the two former [the men] could walk, and after trying them by every means in my power, for some time, found I could not get them on I was obliged to shoot them." He later separated the woman, Luggenemenener, from her two-year old child Rolepana, sending Luggenemenener to Campbell Town gaol so he could keep her child, claiming he wanted to “rear it”. Rolepana died in 1842, in Melbourne, when he would have been around 15 years old, only three years after Batman died.

‘being possessed of the tract of land herein after mentioned for and in consideration of twenty pair of blankets, thirty tomahawks, one hundred knives, fifty pair scissors, thirty looking glasses, two hundred handkerchiefs, and one hundred pounds of flour’

John Batman’s deed was disavowed 4 months later by NSW government Sept. 1835

In 1829 after leading a brutal attack on a group of over 60 Aboriginal Tasmanians in the district of Ben Lomond, Batman said of the surviving two men, woman and child he "...found it impossible that the two former [the men] could walk, and after trying them by every means in my power, for some time, found I could not get them on I was obliged to shoot them." He later separated the woman, Luggenemenener, from her two-year old child Rolepana, sending Luggenemenener to Campbell Town gaol so he could keep her child, claiming he wanted to “rear it”. Rolepana died in 1842, in Melbourne, when he would have been around 15 years old, only three years after Batman died.