Proclamation of Governor Bourke
The proclamation was prompted by the actions of John Batman, who when establishing a settlement at what is now Melbourne and would become the colony of Victoria, agreed to a treaty with the local Aboriginal inhabitants. Bourke's proclamation effectively declared Batman's treaty null and void, and implemented the concept of terra nullius—that the colonies belonged to no-one prior to settlement by the British Crown.
- Governor Bourke's Proclamation 1835 (UK), Founding Documents—Documenting Democracy, National Archives of Australia.
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