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Placenames Australia Award

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 Australian toponymy.

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 Award.)

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 PA Award is not offered in 2014. The form of the Award for future years is yet to be determined.




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