Maria White (1793–1835)

MARIA WHITE was born MARIA BATMAN or BATEMAN in England, the eldest child of WILLIAM BATMAN and MARY BATMAN (née MOBBS). She was the sister of JOHN BATMAN, who went on to be a mass killer of Aboriginal People and the Founder of Melbourne. MARIA WHITE is buried in the same vault as First Fleeter ISAAC KNIGHT, as her husband WILLIAM WHITE was ISAAC KNIGHT’s stepson.


  • Birth Name: MARIA BATMAN
  • Alternate: MARIA BATEMAN
  • Married Name: MARIA WHITE

Burial Location

  • Section 3, Row B, No. 13, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta


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By Michaela Ann Cameron

Abstract: In recent years, Parramatta Lanes festivalgoers have packed into a narrow laneway bearing the sign ‘Batman Walk’ off Macquarie Street, Parramatta, to feast on flavoursome street food whilst feasting their eyes on quirky art installations. Perhaps one or two attentive types made a jocular comment about the caped crusader, little realising that this particular laneway actually owed its name to an old Parramatta family that resided here, in a humble cottage that predated and once shared the same allotment as the architect James Houison’s two-storey sandstone Georgian townhouse at 64 Macquarie Street. The present day redevelopment of Parramatta being what it is, even since the festival, the laneway has been widened as part of the city’s new Civic Link: ‘a green, pedestrianised public space and cultural spine’ physically ‘connect[ing] public life from the heart of Parramatta CBD to the River.’ Yet, due to its former occupants ‘the Batmans,’ a small vertebra of that ‘cultural spine’ also invisibly connects to Parramatta’s historic St. John’s Cemetery, and even more broadly, connects the City of Parramatta to Lutruwita (Tasmania) and the City of Melbourne in historically significant ways. Read more>>



# English

# Came free

# Ship: Ganges (1797)

# Burial year: 1835

# Grave: marked