March 2003


6 March 2003

Bigger and better Gazetteer of Australia 2002 now available

Did you know that the longest official geographic name in Australia is "Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya Hill" in South Australia, and one of the shortest is "Me" in New South Wales.

Did you also know that "Spring Creek" is the most common geographic name in Australia, and there is a town in Tasmania called "Nowhere Else" and a homestead in South Australia called "Didyabringyagrogalong".

All this information is from the Gazetteer of Australia, the official national database of geographic names. The 2002 version contains 297 220 authorised geographic names from all over Australia and its offshore regions, as well as postcodes for most of the localities.

In addition to postcodes, the updated Gazetteer has also been improved by the inclusion of two more fields:

  • a State ID field to indicate the State or Territory in which the geographic name is located; and
  • a Concise Gazetteer field to flag which geographic name is included in the Asia-Pacific Concise Gazetteer.

The geographic names data has been provided by State, Territory and Commonwealth authorities responsible for geographic names. This is coordinated under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM), and is updated annually as a collaborative effort with Geoscience Australia.

The data is available as fixed length text files on a single CD-ROM from Geoscience Australia.


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