William Batman (c.1765–1833)

WILLIAM BATMAN, or BATEMAN, was a convict who was tried at the Old Bailey, London for receiving saltpetre stolen from a mill by his brother-in-law, WILLIAM MOBBS. WILLIAM BATMAN was transported to the Colony of New South Wales per Ganges (1797). His wife, MARY BATMAN, and two children, MARIA BATMAN and ROBERT BATMAN also made the journey as free passengers. The first child born to WILLIAM and MARY BATMAN in the colony was JOHN BATMAN, who went on to be a mass killer of Aboriginal People during The Black War in ‘Van Diemen’s Land,’ Lutruwita (Tasmania) and then became the Founder of Melbourne. WILLIAM “died by the visitation of God” in December 1833. He was buried at St. John’s on 1 January 1834 next to their youngest son CHARLES, who predeceased them in 1818. His wife MARY joined him at their shared resting place in 1840.


  • Alternate: WILLIAM BATEMAN
  • Alternate: WILLIAM BATMAN

Burial Location

  • Section 3, Row B, No. 10, 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 Narrm, the City of Melbourne in historically significant ways. However, for reasons this essay makes plain, that very history is precisely why the Batman name and image has already proven highly controversial in Victoria. So what does this mean for how the City of Parramatta, as the birthplace of John Batman, “remembers” the Batmans, and the “narrative” it offers its residents and visitors to “read” in its revised urban plan of our streets and laneways? Read more>>



# English

# Convict

# Trial Place: Old Bailey

# Punishment: Fourteen Years Transportation

# Ship: Ganges (1797)

# Burial Year: 1834

# Grave: marked