The Board encourages the recognition of Aboriginal language, cultural diversity and commemoration. The Board honours community members that have made an exceptional contribution to society through commemorative naming. Commemorative place names recognise both famous and everyday Australians whose achievements are deemed outstanding.
The Board seeks to recognise outstanding achievement in the community by commemoratively naming relevant geographical features. These names commemorate a wide variety of achievements from a broad cross section of citizens.
Returned service men and women, famous sporting identities, educators, industry leaders, former elected civic officials, famous Aboriginals, community leaders and everyday Australians have all been commemorated in this fashion.
The GNB have produced a publication on Commemorative naming (PDF 100 KB).
Learn about place names
The Geographical Names Board is one of the founding members of the Committee for Geographical Names in Australasia (CGNA). CGNA has developed an innovative internet based teaching pack for the sharing of information about geographic place names and to promote the significance of geographic place names in the community. This teaching pack is available for both teachers and students.
Do you know your Australian place names? Test your knowledge and skill and see how many place names you can identify in this quick quiz.