July 13, 2017Batman Park will be renamed Gumbri Park after the Wurundjeri Council endorsed a name change. Darebin Council, which has the final say over its park names under its Place Naming Policy, is leading a push to remove the Northcote park’s association with controversial explorer John Batman, over his historical legacy which includes the murder of Aboriginal people. Gumbri was also known as Jessie Hunter, the great niece of William Barak and the last Aboriginal girl to be born on Coranderrk mission. Gumbri was the overwhelming favourite in a public survey conducted by the council last year. The survey found 83 per cent of respondents supported a name change, with 14 per cent opposed. 62 per cent of the supporters chose the name Gumbri. Gumbri translates to “white dove” in the traditional language of the Wurundjeri people. The survey was completed by 354 respondents and included two other names proposed by the Wurundjeri Council: Be Be Jern and Billibellary. The name change is part of a wider campaign to strip Batman’s name from public places and buildings. Darebin Council will convene a committee to oversee the name change. Read more
Image: Wurundjeri Tribe Land Council spokesman Ron Jones at Batman Park.
Last Updated: December 5, 2017 at 12:16 pm