Australia and NZ placenames websites
Australian Indigenous languages websites
International websites
Education resources
National Library of Australia - gazetteers of Australia and the world
Historical Association websites
Australian placenames - published lists and web searches
International placenames - published lists and web searches

Australia and NZ placenames websites

We link you here to the naming authorities in Australia and New Zealand. These organisations have strongly supported the development of the ANPS and we are working in partnership with them to cover the cultural as well as the technical aspects of placenames.

ACT: Land Information Centre, Australian Capital Territory

NSW: Geographical Names Board of New South Wales

NT: Land Information Search

QLD: Department of Natural Resources & Mines: Queensland place names search

SA: SA Property & Planning Atlas

TAS: Placenames Tasmania - Placenames search

Land Information Systems Tasmania - ListMap

VIC: Land Victoria--VICNAMES

WA: Landgate--Western Australian Place Names and Addressing

NZ: Land Information New Zealand

AUST: The Composite Gazetteer of Australia

Intergovernmental Committee for Surveying and Mapping

Permanent Committee on Place Names

Department of Defence - Australian Hydrographic Service: Maritime Gazetteer of Australia

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Australian Indigenous languages websites

The following websites are a good starting point for anyone interested in Australia's Indigenous languages. These sites often include useful material about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander placenames.

Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Aboriginal Languages of Australia

Aboriginal place names around Sydney Harbour

Languages of the World Ethnologue

First Languages Australia

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International websites

The links below are to placenames bodies in other English-speaking countries, many of which have been very supportive of the development of the ANPS and have provided the ANPS with advice and encouragement.

Canadian Geographical Names Database

Canadian Society for the Study of Names

United Kingdom: Permanent Committee on Geographical Names

United Kingdom: Gazetteer of British Place Names

English Place Names Society

Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland

The Placenames Database of Ireland

Northern Ireland Place-name Project

Scottish Place-name Society

The American Name Society

United States Board on Geographic Names

The Ghana Place Names project

Several international journals deal with placenames (toponymy) as well as with general issues of names and naming (onomastics):

The journal ONOMA

The Canadian journal Onomastica Canadiana

Finally, the International Council of Onomastic Sciences website is a useful portal for names-related content:

The ICOS Website

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Education Resources

A brochure outlining placenaming practice in Australia and the role of the Australian and New Zealand Working Group on Place Names is also available online. Although it bears the title of the predecessor of ANZ WGPN, the material is still relevant:

The CGNA Brochure

An on-line course in toponymy, made available by the International Cartographic Association:

The ICA Toponymy Course

ANPS has a 13-page document, written by Clair Hill, which is a useful introduction to Australia's Indigenous languages

Indigenous Australian Languages Fact Sheet

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National Library of Australia - gazetteers of Australia and the world

The link below is to the map collection of the National Library of Australia. It also links to street directories, atlases, gazetteers, and reference material.

National Library of Australia - Gazetteers

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Historical Association websites

The Australian Council of Professional Historians Associations Inc

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Australian placenames - published lists and web searches

Victorian Places

Dictionary of Sydney

Queensland Places

South Australian Placenames - State Library: the Manning Compendium

Placenames of Aboriginal Origin (Wikipedia page)

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International placenames - published lists and web searches

United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names - list of searchable geographical names databases

American Name Society - list of international resources for names (including placenames)


Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Online

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