An opportunity for all Victorians to acknowledge the wartime efforts of their local municipality's military service people or locals who supported Australia's military cause.

In 2015 Australia commemorated the 100-year anniversary of the Anzac forces landing at Gallipoli.

During the Anzac centenary period (2014–18), the Victorian government is conducting a commemorative naming project in partnership with naming authorities, primarily councils.

The project is an opportunity for Victorians to acknowledge the wartime service and sacrifice of their local municipality's military service people or locals who supported Australia's military cause.

Victorians are being asked to research these people from their municipalities and provide proposals to their local councils. Councils will then decide which name proposals should be used to name or rename roads, geographical features or localities.

There will also be the opportunity to:

  • record the history behind the names in Victoria's register of geographic names, VICNAMES
  • record in VICNAMES the history of existing roads, features or localities already named in honour of service people

Resources for researchers

A pilot study was conducted in 2011 involving five councils. Each  developed a compendium of commemorative names for roads, features and infrastructure according to their planning needs.

Research guide (PDF, 853.9 KB)
Research guide (DOCX, 293.6 KB)

Taking part in the project

Schools, historical societies, members of RSLs and interested individuals can take part in the project by researching appropriate names (see below) and filling out the name checklist available on this website. Simply submit the checklist to your council for final approval and allocation to a given feature, road or locality. The work may result in a new name or renaming of a road, reserve or another feature. It might also be used to name a new locality. Once a name has approval from the council and is made live on the Victorian register for geographic names (VICNAMES), the history behind the name can be added to the system

Taking part in the project (PDF, 70.9 KB)
Taking part in the project (DOCX, 574.2 KB)

What is the process?

Your first port of call should be to visit a local war memorial site, cenotaph, and/or honour board, where you will find a list of names.

Alternatively, speak with members of your local historical society. The guidance note on researching names will also provide information to help you utilise online search engines and begin the process of successfully researching an appropriate name.

Each name proposal should be documented in the name checklist template available online and submitted to council for further compliance checks.

The template details the information required for a valid commemorative name proposal, and an example of a completed template for you to follow is on the website.

Researchers are required to submit to their council a name proposal checklist. 

Name proposal checklist (DOC, 39.5 KB)

Your council will ensure that all name proposals conform to the Guidelines for Geographic Names 2010 Version 2. The guidelines provide the basis for approving or rejecting name proposals.

When your council has confirmed the name(s) conform to the guidelines, it may begin assigning the names to new features, localities or roads, and/or consider renaming where appropriate. Community consultation is also part of the approval process. Council would also most likely seek councillor approval before any name proposals are submitted to the Office of Geographic Names (OGN).

Councils use NES – the online notification and editing system – to provide name proposals to OGN. Only registered users, like councils, can use NES.

OGN will audit the process undertaken by council before submitting the name proposal and ensure the name complies with the guidelines.

OGN will gazette and register the new name in the Victoria Government Gazette and enter the new name into the VICNAMES database. Council will be informed of the name proposal gazette date and that the information is now available online.

It is important the new name has history recorded against it and that the information provided in the name checklist to council should form part of the information provided to the VICNAMES database.

Council, or the individual, may enter the historical information into VICNAMES once the name proposal has been gazetted and registered.

What can you recognise or commemorate?

For this project, ‘Anzac’ is defined as referring to all men and women who have served in an operational capacity in the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces or who have made a notable contribution towards the Anzac spirit. Appropriate names include: ƒ

  • individual Anzacs who were born, lived or based in that Victorian locality
  • other significant items of military history
  • unit names, historic events and places such as former barracks sites, training camps, embarkation points, airfields, ordnance factories and shipyards.

Found a road, feature or locality already named after an Anzac?

Often there will be commemorative names that are already in use within the community. The name can still be researched and the information submitted to VICNAMES for inclusion to the database. The historical information, once approved, will be available online for future generations of Victorians.

What’s the value in taking part?

Not only will the work you do possibly result in a road, street, feature, or locality being named in honour of the Anzac centenary, the historical information will be recorded online for future generations. There is also scope for recognition of your work by the Royal Historical Society Victoria and prizes for community work.

Where do I start?

Dedicated guidance notes are available on this website that will direct you to online resources to conduct your research. You could also approach your local council, historical society or RSL for information about existing Anzac names. Often the best place to start is finding the local honour board or commemorative cenotaph which will list the names of those in your community who have served.

Resources for councils

Every municipal council will be offered a grant of $1000 from the Office of Geographic Names (OGN).

Information about and the application form to receive this grant:

Councils taking part in the project will require researchers to submit a name proposal checklist (see above).

A council report guide has been created to enable council officers to effectively communicate with councillors and assist them in their decision-making processes.

Anzac council report guide (DOCX, 445.5 KB)

Further information

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