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Canowindra (NSW)

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Data Reports

Darling Downs: Natural Features and Pastoral Runs 1827-1859 (by Dale Lehner)

Ocean beach names: Northern NSW - Tweed to Hunter (by David Blair)

Technical Paper

ANPS: Principles and practice (by David Blair)


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The Project

The aim of the Australian National Placenames Survey (ANPS) is to prepare a national database of geographical names. It forms a supplement to the National Gazetteer, and will be a database formed on established principles within the disciplines of history, geography, linguistics, cultural studies, surveying and mapping. It will record all known Australian names, documenting their pronunciation, generic class, status (gazetted, obsolete, non-gazetted, sensitive, disputed etc.), origin, meaning, history, cultural significance (of both name and site), and map reference and location. The database will be made accessible for public enquiry via the Web and will be available to enable the production of place name dictionaries, both local and national.

The project has important beneficial effects not only for the cultural aspect of geographical names but also on the technical aspects of government function (such as efficiency in communications, transport and defence). The project involves support from government agencies, academic institutions and individuals. A national structure is in place to implement the project, ensuring effective representation of interested parties at national, state and local levels.


a national endeavour

under the auspices of

Placenames Australia

initiated by

supported by

Australian Academy of the Humanities

Geographical Names Board of NSW

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