Search for street and suburb names
Canberra's suburb and street names present an interesting mosaic of Australia's local and national high achievers, its geography, heritage and history. Some of the people commemorated are well known, whilst others made their mark as quiet achievers. Our Indigenous heritage, Australian geography and history are all drawn together and reflected in the National Capital's place names.
In 1927, the Canberra National Memorials Committee, in a report to the Federal Parliament on the Naming of Canberra's Streets and Suburbs, proposed that street names in Canberra's suburbs follow a theme. This policy (one of the oldest in the ACT) has been followed to this day.
Using the search tool, you can find information about the founding colonial days and efforts of latter day heroes. You may also discover a family connection to a person commemorated in our street names.
ACT Place Names Committee - expression of interest process
The ACT Government is calling for expressions of interest for the membership of the ACT Place Names Committee which sets the policy for the naming of suburbs (divisions) and public places on Territory Land in the Australian Capital Territory. The nomination form and further information is available at the ACT Place Names Committee page.
Search for streets, suburbs or other places of interest
Place names refers to any street, suburb, park or other place of interest in the ACT.
There are two ways to search for place names.
You can search by theme, using the drop down menu e.g. Indigenous people, Governors, athletes: