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The Placenames Australia Award for Research in
Australian Toponymy was offered for the first time in
2011. The annual Award is intended to encourage original
research in the field of Australian placenames, and has a
value of $1000.
The 2011 Award was offered for papers of up to 5000
words, not previously published or accepted for
publication. The winner was Dr Joshua Nash of the
University of Adelaide. His paper, ‘An Island A Part:
Pristine place-naming on Dudley Peninsula, Kangaroo
Island, South Australia’, was declared by the judges to be
an outstanding contribution to the study of South
The 2012 and 2013 Awards were offered to support placename
research by a History Society or other community
organisation. The conditions of the Award specified that
entries should be proposals by such a group for original
research into the placenames of their area
of interest. Applications were required to state the
nature and location of the project and outline the
method for completing data collection and processing.
Proposals were required to indicate intended completion
within 12 months of the granting of the award. (Projects
on road and street names were not eligible for this
The 2012 Placenames Australia Award was won by Hornsby
Shire Historical Society in NSW, for its research
proposal 'Bridging the Gap: Rural Hornsby Grows into
Hornsby Shire (1886-1906)'.
The 2013 Placenames Australia Award was won by Port
Macquarie Historical Society in NSW, for a
proposed project entitled 'The Origin and Meaning of
Names of Significant Estates Established During the
First Decade of Free Settlement in the Port Macquarie
and Hastings Region (1830-1840)'.
The Award for 2014
The form of the PA
Award in 2014 is yet to be determined.