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GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES REGISTER EXTRACT
3rd September 2014
Reference:   64846
Placename:   Wilcannia
Designation:   Town
Status:   Assigned 31st October 1980
GNB File:   GNB3747
LGA:   Central Darling
Approx. AGD66 Lat:   -31 34 00
Approx. AGD66 Long:   143 22 00
Approx. GDA94 Lat:   -31 33 54
Approx. GDA94 Long:   143 22 04
Topographic Map:   Wilcannia
1:100000 Map:   Wilcannia 7534
County:   Young
Description:   A town which lies on Darling River about 3 km E of Lake Woytchugga and 4 km S of Wilcannia Aerodrome. Boundaries in the Central Darling Council area shown on map GNB3747.
Meaning:   Said to be derived from an Aboriginal term for either 'gap in the bank where floodwaters escape' or 'wild dog'. Neither meaning has been lin- guistically verified. (Appleton; 1992).
Origin:   Aboriginal.
History:   Formerly Southern Baagandi Aboriginal land. (Appleton; 1992). The third largest inland port in the country during the great river boat era (Discover Australia, 1990).
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