FINDING NSW PLACE NAMES
The following links may be helpful when looking for NSW place names, as well as the parish & county in which they are situated:
NSW Geographical Names Board Search page:
Enter the place name, & click on search. From the list of options, select any of the names in blue to call up more specific detail about this place, including the County and parish in which it lies, as well as its latitude & longitude.
These can be entered in the SIX mapping website to find its physical location. Use the Co-ordinate tool found in the centre of the tool box on the SIX maps home page
Also on the NSW Geographical Names Board Search page, there is an on-line version of Gleeson’s Gazetteer:
Gleeson, Ernest W, ‘List of localities in NSW (except within 20 miles of Sydney GPO, & major rivers) – Showing Parish, County, land district, Protection district, Local Government authority (LGA), in which situated‘
This was compiled at the NSW Government’s Information Office in Sydney in the 1950’s, & published in book form in 2013.
Now available on-line at the Geographic Names Board website, listed under ‘Publications’
FOR OLD PLACE NAMES:
In 1848, surveyor William Henry Wells published “A Geographical Dictionary or Gazetteer of the Australian Colonies“
This was published as a facsimile in 1970 by the Council of the Library of NSW, and is now on-line at
For RURAL LAND searches, Wikipedia has an informative site at
as well as many other similar sites constantly being added or revised.
NLA; an overview of Australian Parish, town & County maps, & links to Gazeteers at
Reed, AH & AW, ‘Place names in NSW’, Halstead Press, Sydney, 1969
Reed, AW, ‘Aboriginal Place names & their meanings’, Frenchs Forest, 1967, reprinted 1988