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Note: This book is a sequel to Hercus, Hodges and Simpson (eds) 2002, The Land is a Map : Placenames of Indigenous Origin in Australia.
Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 Aboriginal Placenames : Naming and Re-Naming the Australian Landscape
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'Aboriginal approaches to the naming of places across Australia differ radically from the official introduced Anglo-Australian system. However, many of these earlier names have been incorporated into contemporary nomenclature, with considerable reinterpretations of their function and form. Recently, state jurisdictions have encouraged the adoption of a greater number of Indigenous names, sometimes alongside the accepted Anglo-Australian terms, around Sydney Harbour, for example. In some cases, the use of an introduced name, such as Gove, has been contested by local Indigenous people.'

'The 19 studies brought together in this book present an overview of current issues involving Indigenous placenames across the whole of Australia, drawing on the disciplines of geography, linguistics, history, and anthropology. They include meticulous studies of historical records, and perspectives stemming from contemporary Indigenous communities. The book includes a wealth of documentary information on some 400 specific placenames, including those of Sydney Harbour, the Blue Mountains, Canberra, western Victoria, the Lake Eyre district, the Victoria River District, and southwestern Cape York Peninsula.' (Source: Publishers website)


  • Warning: Readers are notified that this publication may contain names or images of deceased persons. (Inside front cover)
  • Other formats: Also e-book.


* Contents derived from the Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,:ANU E Press , 2009 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction : Old and New Aspects of Indigenous Place-naming, Harold Koch , Luise Anna Hercus , 2009 single work criticism (p. 1-5)
Aboriginal Placenames Around Port Jackson and Botany Bay, New South Wales Australia : Sources and Uncertainies, Val Attenbrow , 2009 single work non-fiction (p. 9-54)
Reinstating Aboriginal Placenames around Port Jackson and Botany, Jakelin Troy , Michael Walsh , 2009 single work criticism (p. 55-69)
The Recognition of Aboriginal Placenames in New South Wales, Greg Windsor , 2009 single work criticism (p. 71-86)
New Insights into Gundungurra Place Naming, Jim Smith , 2009 single work non-fiction (p. 87-114)
The Methodology of Reconstructing Indigenous Placenames : Australian Capital Territory and South-Eastern New South Wales, Harold Koch , 2009 single work criticism (p. 115-171)
Toponymic Books and the Representation of Indigenous Identities, Laura Kostanski , 2009 single work non-fiction (p. 175-187)
Reviving Old Indigenous Names for New Purposes, Laura Kostanski , Ian D. Clark , 2009 single work criticism (p. 189-206)
Reconstruction of Aboriginal Microtoponymy in Western and Central Victoria, Ian D. Clark , 2009 single work criticism (p. 207-221)
Aboriginal Names of Places in Southern South Australia, Paul Monaghan , 2009 single work criticism (p. 225-250)
Why Mulligan is Not Just Another Irish Name : Lake Callabonna, South Australia, J. C. McEntee , 2009 single work non-fiction (p. 251-255)
Murkarra, A Landscape Nearly Forgotten : The Arabana Country of the Noxious Insects, North and Northwest of Lake Eyre, Luise Anna Hercus , 2009 single work criticism (p. 257-272)
Some Area Names in the Far North-east of South Australia, Luise Anna Hercus , 2009 single work criticism (p. 273-285)
Placenames of Central Australia : Early European Records and Recent Experience, Richard Kimber , 2009 single work criticism (p. 287-323)
Naming Bardi Places, Claire Bowern , 2009 single work non-fiction (p. 327-345)
Dog-People : The Meaning of a North Kimberley Story, Mark Clendon , 2009 single work non-fiction (p. 347-357)
'Where the Spear Sticks Up' : The Variety of Locatives in Placenames in the Victoria River District, Northern Territory, Patrick McConvell , 2009 single work criticism (p. 359-402)
'This Place Already has a Name', Melanie Wilkinson , R. Marika , Nancy M Williams , 2009 single work criticism (p. 403-462)
What's in a Name? Placenames and Emotional Geographies, John Bradley , Amanda Kearney , 2009 single work non-fiction (p. 463-480)
Kurtjar Placenames, Paul Black , 2009 single work criticism (p. 481-496)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Last amended 21 Oct 2016 13:18:31
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia,
  • Port Jackson, Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales,
  • Botany Bay, Botany area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Central Australia,
  • Northern Australia,
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