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Permanent Committee on Place Names

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The Permanent Committee on Place Names (PCPN) created from the various Australian and New Zealand committees on geographical names.[1] The PCPN started in 1984 as the Committee for Geographical Names in Australia (CGNA) and it was renamed in 2005. It was integrated within the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) in 1993. It is also associated with the Geospatial and Earth Monitoring Division of Geoscience Australia. It contributes to the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names.

Annual meetings

Annual meetings followed at:-

  • Bathurst (NSW) - 1985
  • Adelaide - 1986
  • Darwin - 1987
  • Brisbane - 1988
  • Hobart - 2010
  • Adelaide - 2011
  • Brisbane - 2012
  • Canberra - 2013

Official authorities

The authorities that work on geographic names and are members of the committee, and the enabling legislation, are as follows:[2]

  • Australian Capital Territory - National Memorials Committee - National Memorials Ordinance 1928[3]
  • New South Wales - Geographical Names Board of New South Wales - Geographical Names Act 1966[4][5]
  • New Zealand Geographic Board Ng Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa
  • Northern Territory - Place Names Committee for the Northern Territory - Place Names Act 1978[6]
  • Queensland - The Department of Geographic information - Queensland Place Names Act 1988[7]
  • South Australia - Geographical Names Board of South Australia - Geographical Names Act 1969[8]
  • Tasmania - Nomenclature Board of Tasmania - Survey Co-ordination Act 1944 amendments of 1955 and 1964[9]
  • Victoria - Place Names Committee - Survey Co-ordination (Place Names) Act 1965, updated to Geographic Place Names Act 1998[10][11]
  • Western Australia - Geographic Names Committee - Land Administration Act 1997[12] (was originally the Nomenclature Advisory Committee, appointed in 1936[13] ); Western Australian Place Names and Addressing[14]

Additional members

  • Antarctic Names Committee of Australia
  • Australian Surveying and Land Information Group
  • Department of Defence - Army
  • Department of Defence - Navy

See also


  1. ^ ICSM: Place Names
  2. ^ "CGNA members" (PDF). CGNA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  3. ^ ACT Place Names Committee
  4. ^ "Geographical Names Act, 1966  (NSW)". Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Place Names Committee for the Northern Territory". Archived from the original on 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  7. ^ Queensland place names Archived 2013-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Geographical Names". Land Services Group. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  9. ^ The List
  10. ^ "VICNAMES". State of Victoria. Archived from the original on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  11. ^ VICNAMES Archived 2011-10-19 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Legislation that supports geographic naming procedures". Landgate. Landgate. Archived from the original on 1 September 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  13. ^ "Geographic Names Committee". Landgate. Landgate. Archived from the original on 2 August 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  14. ^

Further reading

  • Committee for Geographic Names in Australia (1989) Authorities and organizations involved with geographic names in Australia (The 1988 edition and compilation was the responsibility of Brian Goodchild - Secretary of the Geographic Names Committee - Department of Land Administration Perth, Western Australia.)

External links

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