Origins of federal division names
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Division
Official description
Name typeOriginGenderStateCategoryYear created
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Former prime minister
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Adelaide
Named after the city of Adelaide which in turn was named after Queen Adelaide, wife of William IV.
GeographyEuropeanNASANA19030
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Aston
Named after Tilly Aston 1873–1947, blind writer and teacher who helped found the library of the Victorian Association of Braille Writers in 1894.
PersonEuropeanFemaleVIC19840
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Ballarat
Named after the city of Ballarat. The name is apparently derived from the Aboriginal word 'balaarat' meaning a resting or camping place.
GeographyIndigenousNAVICNA19010
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Banks
Named after botanist Sir Joseph Banks 1743–1820, who accompanied Captain Cook on his voyage to Australia in 1770.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSWEarly explorer19490
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Barker
Named after Captain Collet Barker 1784–1831, an explorer in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
PersonEuropeanMaleSAEarly explorer19030
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Barton
Named after Sir Edmund Barton (1849–1920), the first Prime Minister of Australia 1901–03.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSW
Federation-era politician
19221
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Bass
Named in honour of George Bass, 1771–1803. Bass was a surgeon, scientist and explorer who was one of those responsible for the early geographical investigation of the Australian coast. Bass’ explorations included the islands in Bass Strait, Tamar estuary, Derwent estuary and Mount Wellington.
PersonEuropeanMaleTASEarly explorer19030
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Batman
Named after John Batman 1801–39, the early settler and explorer, known as the 'Founder of Melbourne'.
PersonEuropeanMaleVICEarly settler19060
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Bendigo
Named after the city which is its main centre.
GeographyEuropeanNAVICNA19010
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Bennelong
Named after the Aboriginal man whom Governor Phillip befriended in 1789.
PersonIndigenousMaleNSW
Early Aboriginal leader
19490
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Berowra
Named after the area in which it is located.
GeographyIndigenousNANSWNA19690
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Blair
Named in honour of Harold Blair AM, 1924–76, the noted tenor, in recognition of his work for Aboriginal advancement and service to the arts. Mr Blair established the Aboriginal Children's Holiday Project and was a member of the the Aborigines' Welfare Board in Victoria (1957–58) and the Aborigines Advancement League, the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, and the Commonwealth Aboriginal Arts Board.
PersonIndigenousMaleQLDArtist19980
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Blaxland
Named after Gregory Blaxland (1778–1853), an early Australian explorer of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSWEarly explorer19490
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Bonner
Named in honour of Neville Thomas Bonner AO, 1922–99, an elder of the Jagera people, in recognition of his service as a Senator for Queensland (1971–83) and leader of indigenous Australia.
PersonIndigenousMaleQLD
Mid-20th century politician
20040
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Boothby
Named after William Boothby 1829–1903, the Returning Officer for the first election of Members of the House of Representatives in 1901.
PersonEuropeanMaleSA
Federation-era politician
19030
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Bowman
Named in honour of David Bowman, 1860–1916, one of the first members of the Labour party in the Queensland Parliament (1899–1902 and 1904–1916) who rendered valuable service in the interests of the community.
PersonEuropeanMaleQLD
Federation-era politician
19490
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Braddon
Named in honour of Sir Edward Nicholas Coventry Braddon KCMG, 1829–1904, who was an active member of the Constitutional Conventions that led to the Commonwealth of Australia. Between 1901 and 1904 Sir Edward Braddon was elected as one of the first Members of the House of Representatives as a member for Tasmania and later for the Division of Wilmot. Prior to this, Sir Edward Braddon served as Agent-General for Tasmania and was a member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly and Premier of Tasmania.
PersonEuropeanMaleTAS
Federation-era politician
19550
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Bradfield
Named after John Bradfield (1867–1943), engineer and bridge designer.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSW
Scientist or engineer
19490
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Brand
Named after Sir David Brand 1912–79, Premier of Western Australia 1959–71, Member of the Legislative Assembly 1945–75.
PersonEuropeanMaleWA
Mid-20th century politician
19840
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Brisbane
Named in recognition of the City of Brisbane.
GeographyEuropeanNAQLDNA19010
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Bruce
Named after Lord Stanley Bruce 1883–1967, Prime Minister of Australia 1923–29.
PersonEuropeanMaleVIC
Early 20th century politician
19551
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Burt
Named after the Burt family in recognition of their significant contribution to the justice system and for their wider contributions to public service.
PersonEuropeanMaleWA20160
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Calare
Named after the Aboriginal name for the Lachlan River.
GeographyIndigenousNANSWNA19060
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Calwell
Named after Arthur Calwell 1896–1973, Member of House of Representatives 1940–72, Leader of the Australian Labor Party 1960–67.
PersonEuropeanMaleVIC
Mid-20th century politician
19840
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Canberra
A locality name derived from an Aboriginal word which is held to mean 'meeting place'.
GeographyIndigenousNAACTNA19740
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Canning
Named after Alfred Canning 1860–1936, surveyor who pioneered stock roads and rabbit proof fences in Western Australia.
PersonEuropeanMaleWA
Scientist or engineer
19490
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Capricornia
Named in recognition of the Tropic of Capricorn.
GeographyEuropeanNAQLDNA19010
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Casey
Named after Lord Richard Casey 1890–1976, Governor-General of Australia 1965–69.
PersonEuropeanMaleVIC
Mid-20th century politician
19690
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Chifley
Named after Ben Chifley (1885–1951), Prime Minister of Australia 1945–49.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSW
Mid-20th century politician
19691
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Chisholm
Named after Caroline Chisholm 1808–77, noted social worker and advocate of immigration to New South Wales.
PersonEuropeanFemaleVIC19490
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Clark
Named in honour of Andrew Inglis Clark, 1848–1907, in recognition of his contributions to the political and legal systems which have had a lasting and perpetual impact on Australia through his involvement with Federation and the development of the Australian Constitution.
PersonEuropeanMaleTAS
Federation-era politician
2019
New name for Denison
0
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Cook
Named after Captain James Cook (1728–79), the first European to discover the east coast of Australia in 1770.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSWEarly explorer19060
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Corangamite
Named after Lake Corangamite. The name of the lake originated from the Aboriginal word for 'bitter', describing the salt content of the lake.
GeographyIndigenousNAVICNA1901
Proposed to be renamed Cox
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Corio
Named after Corio Bay which originated from an Aboriginal word 'coraiyo' meaning 'small marsupial' or 'sandy cliffs'.
GeographyIndigenousNAVICNA19010
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Cowan
Named after Edith Cowan 1861–1932, the first female member of an Australian parliament, being elected to the Western Australia Legislative Assembly as the Member for West Perth 1921–24.
PersonEuropeanFemaleWA
Early 20th century politician
19840
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Cowper
Named after Sir Charles Cowper (1807–75), Premier of New South Wales 25 August–2 October 1856.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSW
19th century politician
19010
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Cunningham
Named after Allan Cunningham (1791–1839), an early Australian explorer.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSWEarly explorer19490
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Curtin
Named after John Curtin 1885–1945, Prime Minister of Australia 1941–45.
PersonEuropeanMaleWA
Early 20th century politician
19491
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Dawson
Named in honour of Andrew Dawson, 1863–1910, Premier of Queensland (1899–1903).
PersonEuropeanMaleQLD
Federation-era politician
19490
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Deakin
Named after Alfred Deakin 1856–1919, Prime Minister of Australia 1903–04, 1905–08 and 1909–10.
PersonEuropeanMaleVIC
Federation-era politician
19371
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Dickson
Named in honour of Sir James Robert Dickson, 1832–1901, a leading advocate for Federation, Premier of Queensland (1898–99) and Minister for Defence in the first Federal Ministry.
PersonEuropeanMaleQLD
Federation-era politician
19930
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Dobell
Named after Sir William Dobell (1899–1970), a prominent Australian artist.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSWArtist19840
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Dunkley
Named after Louisa Dunkley 1866–1927, founder of the Victorian Women's Post and Telegraph Association in 1900 and campaigner for equal pay for women.
PersonEuropeanFemaleVIC19840
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Durack
Named after the Durack family of Western Australia, who were pioneers and developers of the Kimberley region.
PersonEuropeanBothWAEarly settler20080
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Eden-Monaro
Named after the area in which it is located.
Geography
Indigenous/European
NANSWNA19010
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Fadden
Named in honour of Sir Arthur William Fadden, 1895–1973, Prime Minister of Australia (August–October 1941) and a Member of the House of Representatives (1936–58).
PersonEuropeanMaleQLD
Early 20th century politician
19771
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Fairfax
Named in honour of Ruth Beatrice Fairfax OBE, 1878–1948, a founder of the Country Women's Association and its first Queensland president.
PersonEuropeanFemaleQLD19840
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Farrer
Named after William Farrer (1845–1906), a noted wheat breeder and experimentalist.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSW
Scientist or engineer
19490
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Fenner
Named after Professor Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE FAA FRS FRACP FRCP, 1914–2010, eminent scientist of national and international renown who made significant contributions to improving the wellbeing of humanity.
PersonEuropeanMaleACT
Scientist or engineer
20160
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Fisher
Named in honour of Andrew Fisher, 1862–1928, Prime Minister of Australia (1908–09, 1910–13, 1914–15) and a Member of the House of Representatives (1901–15).
PersonEuropeanMaleQLD
Early 20th century politician
19491
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Flinders
Named after Matthew Flinders 1774–1814, well-known navigator and explorer. The adoption of the name Australia is due to him.
PersonEuropeanMaleVICEarly explorer19010
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Flynn
Named in honour of the Reverend John Flynn OBE, 1880–1951, founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, who, in the early days of flying and also of radio harnessed both to the relief of suffering and the saving of lives in the remote regions of Queensland and, ultimately, Australia.
PersonEuropeanMaleQLD20070
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Forde
Named in honour of Francis Michael Forde, 1890–1983, Prime Minister of Australia (July 1945) and a Member of the House of Representatives (1922–46).
PersonEuropeanMaleQLD
Mid-20th century politician
19841
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Forrest
Named after Sir John (later Lord) Forrest 1847–1918, the first Premier of Western Australia 1890–1901.
PersonEuropeanMaleWA
Federation-era politician
19220
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Fowler
Named after Lilian Fowler (1887–1954), first woman alderman in New South Wales 1929–48 and first woman mayor in Australia 1938–39, Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly 1944–50.
PersonEuropeanFemaleNSW
Early 20th century politician
19840
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Franklin
Named in honour of Sir John Franklin KCH RN, 1786–1847, Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen’s Land (1837–43), in recognition of his service to the colony.
PersonEuropeanMaleTASEarly governor19030
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Fremantle
Named after the city of Fremantle which was named after Captain Charles Fremantle 1800–69 who established the port at the mouth of the Swan River in 1829.
GeographyEuropeanNAWANA19010
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Gellibrand
Named after Joseph Gellibrand 1786–1836, lawyer and explorer.
PersonEuropeanMaleVICEarly settler19490
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Gilmore
Named after Dame Mary Gilmore (1865–1962), a well known poet, author and journalist.
PersonEuropeanFemaleNSWArtist19840
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Gippsland
Named after the area which was explored by Angus McMillan in 1839. It was named after Governor Sir George Gipps.
GeographyEuropeanNAVICNA19010
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Goldstein
Named after Vida Goldstein 1869–1949, suffragist and feminist.
PersonEuropeanFemaleVICActivist19840
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Gorton
Named after former Prime Minister Sir John Gorton, who served as Prime Minister between 1968 and 1971.
PersonEuropeanMaleVIC
Mid-20th century politician
20041
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Grayndler
Named after Edward Grayndler (1867–1943), a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council 1921–34 and 1936–43. He was also appointed General Secretary of the Australian Workers' Union in 1912.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSW
Mid-20th century politician
19490
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Greenway
Named after Francis Greenway (1777–1837), an architect under Governor Macquarie.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSWArtist19840
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Grey
Named after Sir George Grey 1812–98, Governor of South Australia from 1841–45.
PersonEuropeanMaleSAEarly governor19030
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Griffith
Named in honour of Sir Samuel Walker Griffith QC, 1845–1920, for his involvement with Federation and the development of the Australian Constitutuion and who was the the first Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (1903–19).
PersonEuropeanMaleQLD
Federation-era politician
19340
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Groom
Named in honour of Sir Littleton Ernest Groom, 1867–1936, Speaker of the House of Representatives (1926–29 ) and a Member of the House of Representatives (1901–29 and 1931–36).
PersonEuropeanMaleQLD
Early 20th century politician
19840
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Hasluck
Named after Sir Paul Hasluck 1905–93, Diplomat, Cabinet Minister and the first Western Australian born Governor-General of Australia and his wife Dame Alexandra Hasluck 1908–93, a noted author.
PersonEuropeanMaleWA
Mid-20th century politician
20010
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Herbert
Named in honour of Sir Robert George Wyndham Herbert, 1831–1905, the first Premier of Queensland (1859–66).
PersonEuropeanMaleQLD
19th century politician
19010
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Higgins
Named after Henry Higgins 1851–1929, Member of the House of Representatives 1901–06, Justice of the High Court 1906–29 and President of the new Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Court 1907–21.
PersonEuropeanMaleVIC
Early 20th century politician
19490
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Hindmarsh
Named after Sir John Hindmarsh 1786–1860, first Governor of South Australia.
PersonEuropeanMaleSAEarly governor19030
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Hinkler
Named in honour of Herbert John (Bert) Hinkler DSM AFC, 1892–1933, aviator who was the first person to fly solo from England to Australia in 1928.
PersonEuropeanMaleQLD
Scientist or engineer
19840
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Holt
Named after Harold Edward Holt 1908–67, Prime Minister of Australia 1966–67, who disappeared while swimming off Portsea Beach in 1967.
PersonEuropeanMaleVIC
Mid-20th century politician
19691
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Hotham
Named after Sir Charles Hotham 1806–55, Governor of Victoria 1854–55.
PersonEuropeanMaleVICEarly governor19690
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Hughes
Named after William Hughes (1862–1952), Prime Minister of Australia 1915–23.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSW
Early 20th century politician
19551
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Hume
Named after Hamilton Hume (1797–1873), an early explorer.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSWEarly explorer19010
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Hunter
Named after John Hunter (1737–1821), second Governor of New South Wales 1795–99.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSWEarly governor19010
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Indi
Named after an Aboriginal name for the Murray River.
GeographyIndigenousNAVICNA19010
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Isaacs
Named after Sir Isaac Isaacs 1855–1948, Member of the House of Representatives 1901–06, Chief Justice of the High Court 1930 and Governor-General of Australia 1931–36.
PersonEuropeanMaleVIC
Early 20th century politician
19490
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Jagajaga
Named after three principal Aboriginal elders who signed a treaty with John Batman in 1835 which intended to give the white settlers 500 000 acres of land at the north west end of Port Phillip Bay and 100 000 acres around Geelong.
PersonIndigenousMaleVIC
Early Aboriginal leader
19840
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Kennedy
Named in honour of Edmund Besley Kennedy, 1818–48, surveyor and explorer who sought to find an overland route to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
PersonEuropeanMaleQLDEarly explorer19010
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Kingsford Smith
Named after Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith (1897–1935), Australia's most famous aviator.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSW
Scientist or engineer
19490
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Kingston
Named after Charles Kingston 1850–1908, Premier of South Australia 1893–99.
PersonEuropeanMaleSA
Federation-era politician
19490
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Kooyong
Named after the Aboriginal word meaning 'resting place'.
GeographyIndigenousNAVICNA19010
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La Trobe
Named after Charles La Trobe 1801–75, first Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria 1851–54.
PersonEuropeanMaleVICEarly governor19490
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Lalor
Named after Peter Lalor 1827–89, leader of the Eureka Stockade rebellion in 1854. In 1855 he was one of the first representatives from the goldfields elected to the Victorian Legislative Council.
PersonEuropeanMaleVICActivist19490
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Leichhardt
Named in honour of Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, 1813–48, naturalist and explorer of the area from Moreton Bay to Port Essington.
PersonEuropeanMaleQLDEarly explorer19490
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Lilley
Named in honour of Sir Charles Lilley, 1827–97, Premier of Queensland (1868–70), member of the Queensland Parliament (1860–74) and responsible for introducing free education into Queensland.
PersonEuropeanMaleQLD
19th century politician
19130
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Lindsay
Named after Norman Lindsay (1879–1969), a well known writer and artist.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSWArtist19840
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Lingiari
Named in honour of Vincent Lingiari AM 19??–88, who was a member of the Gurindji people from the Victoria River District. Mr Lingiari was a stockman and lands right leader who worked for many years to improve conditions for Aboriginal people. In 1966, he led the walk-off of his people from Wave Hill Station, which eventually resulted in the establishment of Wattie Creek and a land grant to the Gurindji people.
PersonIndigenousMaleNTActivist20010
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Longman
Named in honour of Irene Maud Longman, 1877–1964, the first woman elected to the Queensland Parliament (1929–32) and at the time only the third worman elected to any Parliament in Australia. Mrs Longman was actively involved in issues relating to the family, women and mental health.
PersonEuropeanFemaleQLD
Early 20th century politician
19960
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Lyne
Named after Sir William Lyne (1844–1913), Premier of New South Wales 1899–1901.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSW
Federation-era politician
19490
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Lyons
Jointly named in honour of: Joseph Aloysius Lyons CH, 1879–1939, Prime Minister of Australia (1932–39) and a Member of the House of Representatives (1929–39), and Dame Enid Muriel Lyons, DGBE(C) AD, 1897–1981, first woman member of the House of Representatives (1943-51) and first woman to hold Cabinet rank as Vice-President of the Executive Council (1949–51)
PersonEuropeanBothTAS
Early 20th century politician
19841
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Macarthur
Named after Elizabeth Macarthur (1766–1850) and Captain John Macarthur (1767–1834), early settlers in New South Wales and founders of the Australian merino wool industry.
PersonEuropeanBothNSWEarly settler19490
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Mackellar
Named after Dorothea Mackellar (1885–1968), a famous Australian poet and novelist.
PersonEuropeanFemaleNSWArtist19490
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Macquarie
Named after Governor Lachlan Macquarie (1761–1824), Governor of New South Wales 1810–21.
PersonEuropeanMaleNSWEarly governor19010
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Makin
Named after Norman Makin 1889–1982, Member of the House of Representatives 1919–46, 1954–63 and Speaker of the House 1929–31.
PersonEuropeanMaleSA
Mid-20th century politician
19840
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Mallee
Named after the area in which it is located. Mallee is an Aboriginal word for dwarf eucalypts which grow in the area.
GeographyIndigenousNAVICNA19490
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Maranoa
Named for the district which is watered by the Maranoa River. The name 'Maranoa' is possibly a corruption of the Mandandanji words 'mara' for duck and 'ngoa' for egg.
GeographyIndigenousNAQLDNA19010
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