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Political Issues in Australian Aboriginal Toponymies

Political Issues in Australian Aboriginal Toponymies

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Title: Political Issues in Australian Aboriginal Toponymies
Author: Walsh, Michael
Abstract: Briefly we consider some of the political issues that arise in relation to Australian Aboriginal place names.
First, we look at Aboriginal place names in Land Claim and Native Title cases through which there has
been a tremendous expansion in Indigenous place names documentation. However that documentation may
contain significant inaccuracies and in any case is too often inaccessible. Second, we briefly examine the
process of dual naming with a focus on the state of New South Wales. Among the issues that arise in this
arena are: the potential for disputes within and among Aboriginal groups; the choice of spelling for the
place name; a public misunderstanding of the nature of Aboriginal placenames.
Subject: Political Issues in Australian Aboriginal Toponymies
Australian Aboriginal Toponymies
Type: Article
Rights: The following articles are © 2009 with the individual authors. They are made available free of charge from this page as a service to the community under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivative Works license version 3.0. For full details go to http://creativecommons.org.licenses/ny-nd.3.0
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/4049
Published: York University
Citation: Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Onomastic Sciences
ISBN: 978-1-55014-521-2
Date: 2009

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