On this day in 1835, Melbourne was almost known as Batmania, after one of its founders, John Batman. Unfortunately, this was shot down just like Guelphia. Today, there are a few tributes to John Batman such as Batman Avenue and a statue on Collins Street.

Other proposed names for Melbourne:

Bearbrass (There is a good bar in Southbank with this name.)

“Where are you from?”
“I’m batman.”

Wikipedia: John Batman

Onlymelbourne: Trivia

[via 9AM with david & kim]

Picture via Batman vs. Superman

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5 Comments so far

  1. Gin (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 6:55 pm

    That would have been



  2. Darren (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 7:11 pm

    Nana na nana na na… Batman…

    Nana na nana na na… Australia…

  3. alex (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

    It was known as Bearbrass, albeit unofficially, for a few years after its founding.

    Ah, to be in the City of Batmania, with millions of Batmanians. Mind you, Batman was a bit of a dick, but I’d rather our city honour a pioneer who was a syphilitic drunk than a British conservative politician.

  4. Scott (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 7:18 pm

    Thanks for the clarification.

    Everytime I went to Melbourne for work I would go pass the Batman Avenue, and I could not work out why it was named after some super heroes. Now it is all clear :)

  5. Laurie (unregistered) on June 16th, 2007 @ 9:11 am

    I’m confused, Kiwi’s aren’t Australian.


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