Expat Life

Vote for Batman


Vote for Batman poster.

I received a funny letter last week. It came from the Division of Batman.

Melbourne is a metropolitan area, which means it is a region with a densely populated urban core and its less-populated surrounding territories, which share industry, infrastructure, and housing. I live in the greater metropolitan area of Melbourne. Then, I live in the City of Darebin, a local government area that contains 11 suburbs. I also live in the Division of Batman, which is an electoral division. It takes its name from John Batman, one of the founders of the city of Melbourne

On to the letter. It reads:

Dear Cosette

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has no record that you are enrolled for the address below:

[address withheld]

If this is your permanent address you need to enrol online today at www.aec.gov.au. This will ensure you are correctly enrolled to vote.

It goes on a bit more, but that’s the gist of it.

Interesting, huh? I recently got my Victoria driver’s license and I’m guessing that’s where the AEC got my information, but you’d think they would check on my citizenship status before sending the letter.

By the way, I’d rather live in the Division of Wonder Woman.



  • I’m so jealous! The Division of Batman is awesome! I wonder how much teasing John Batman went through in his life?! No pressure, huh?

    • Cosette

      Hehehe. Batman does seem like an unusual name.

  • Haha, I work at a company in which I can think of quite a few coworkers who would be happy to receive this kind of letter! So random but really cool there was actually a guy with the last name Batman.

    • Cosette

      Haha, yes, I know someone back in the USA who think it’s pretty awesome too. I’m amused, I admit.

  • Shaz

    Syllabification: bat·man
    Pronunciation: /ˈbatmən /
    NOUN (plural batmen)

    • dated
    (In the British armed forces) an officer’s personal servant.


    mid 18th century (originally denoting an orderly in charge of the bat horse ‘packhorse’ that carried the officer’s baggage): from Old French bat (from medieval Latin bastum ‘packsaddle’)

    I grew up around Coburg and we often caught the train to Batman station. Sometimes we would get asked if we had tickets and the answer was always na na na na…….

    • Cosette

      There’s a Batman station? I have to go there! Lol

      • Shaz

        Yes, just after Coburg as you come out of the city on the Upfield line 🙂

        • Cosette

          Woot! Thanks for the tip!

  • Samantha

    Lmao! That is awesome! So funny they want to make sure you are registered to vote & you aren’t even eligible. Lol.

    • Cosette

      And that reminds me, I need to reply and let them know!