Victorian Towns and Localities

Victorian Towns and Localities
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This website serves two purposes:
- Firstly, it is a list of all the current towns and localities in the state of Victoria, Australia, but also includes those that now no longer exist or those that had a previous existence under a different name.  Longitude, Latitude and the current shire is included for each town/locality.
- Secondly, for those towns/localities in Central and Eastern Victoria, the entry includes a link to the mailing list that covers that town/localities.


The following information is given for each town entry
- In the left hand column is the town name. Some minor information may be included here (e.g. as "since 1875 called ..." or "see ...." if it is close to a much larger town). If two towns with the same name exist, there will be a  reference to a nearby town to identify each one. In some cases square brackets are used to indicate variations of a name (e.g. Bendoc[k] indicates that it is spelt with and without the 'k', and "Berlin [Flat]" means that it is sometimes called "Berlin" and sometimes "Berlin Flat").  Or an oblique is used to indicate the town has two names (e.g. "Escort Creek/Valley" means it was known as both "Escort Creek" and "Escort Valley". Possessive apostrophes have not been used (e.g. Allan's Flat is entered as Allans Flat) but other instances of apostrophes (e.g. O'Keefe) are used.
- The second column show the shire name where the town is located. This may be helpful in trying to locate rate books, etc. Some localities (not towns) extend over a number of shires (Big Desert is a good example). The shire names used  are those introduced in the early 1990s, when amalgamation of shires occurred. They do not reflect the shire names and boundaries in existence from the mid 1800s.
- The next two columns show the longitude (east of Greenwich, England) and latitude (south of the equator) in degrees and thousandths of a degree (i.e. minutes and seconds are not used). A tilde symbol "~" is used to indicate the values are approximate. Normal values should be accurate to about a kilometre or so, and approximate figures are accurate to about 5 kilometres.
- The fifth and final column shows a webpage link to the mailing list(s) that covers the town. In some cases where the town is close to the border of two (or more) lists, it may have a number of links. Depending on what you know of your family history, you may decide to subscribe to one or other of the lists, or to both lists. These links are included for the central and eastern parts of Victoria only. For other areas (where there is a blank in this field) look for other lists at . Want to know more about mailing lists, then click here? When you have found your town of interest, and there is a link in the right hand column, click on that link to go to a page that will allow you to easily subscribe to that list

Note that the general mailing list for the whole of Victoria is AUS-VIC, and for the whole of Australia is GENANZ.

This website does not include Parishes, Counties or Districts, but there is a link to such information on Gazetteers and General Links.


Rootsweb gratefully acknowledge the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment (was Dept. of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) when this project first started) who provided the initial database from which this list was derived. Those names were (at the time of initial preparation of this website) the 'standard' names used for postal/planning/emergency services, etc. To view the official DSE site click here.

'Non-standard', older or now non-existent names (and their locations) have been derived from numerous other sources including:
VicRoads Country Directory,
GeoScience Australia website,
Place Names of Victoria by Les Blake,
Digging For Gold by Helen Doxford Harris,
and miscellaneous maps, various individuals and list owners.


If anybody has an additional location, spelling variation, or can more accurately locate a town, please email me (Peter).


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Last updated on 27 June 2009