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Australia has been establishing stronger links with Asia—but has been unable to shake off the British monarchy Australia's landmass—which can be viewed as the world's largest ...

Australia

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...Australia ( Eendrachtsland ) , New Holland, Terra Australis The Commonwealth of Australia since 1 January 1901 when the six separate colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia were joined in a federation and retitled as states; South Australia was partitioned in 1911 , a part being hived off as the Northern Territory and joining the Commonwealth as a ‘territory’, not a state. Imagining the existence of such a land at the beginning of the 1st millennium, the Greeks called it Terra Australis...

South Australia

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...South Australia , Australia A state since 1901 when it joined the newly formed Commonwealth of Australia. It was first settled by the British and made a province in 1836 . It became a crown colony in 1841 . Between 1863 and 1911 it included the present Northern...

Western Australia

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...Western Australia , Australia ( New Holland ) A state given this name in 1829 when it became a British colony, Captain George Vancouver having taken formal possession of the territory around King George Sound for Great Britain in 1791 . It became a constituent state of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901 . The earlier name was a result of Dutch exploration in the 17th century...

Australian Capital Territory

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...Australian Capital Territory , Australia ( Limestone Plains ) Explored by Charles Throsby in 1820 and originally named by him. In 1901 , with the creation of the Commonwealth of Australia, the new constitution decreed that an area at least 100 miles (160 km) from Sydney should be carved out of New South Wales and reserved for a new capital. The area was handed over in 1909 and became the Capital Territory in 1911 . See canberra...

Loxton

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...Loxton , Australia, South Africa Australia (South Australia): named after William Loxton , a sheep...

Kangaroo Island

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...Kangaroo Island , South Australia/Australia Named in 1802 by Matthew Flinders because of the numerous kangaroos....

Kununurra

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...Kununurra , Western Australia/Australia ( Mirriwoong, Gananoorang ) ‘Big Water’, a reference to Lake Kununurra....

Broome

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...Broome , Western Australia/Australia Settled in 1883 and named after Sir Frederick Napier Broome ( 1842–96 ), governor of Western Australia ( 1883–91...

Geraldton

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...Geraldton , Australia, Canada Australia (Western Australia): founded in 1850 as a military outpost called Gerald Town, it was named after Governor Charles...

Gawler

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...Gawler , South Australia/Australia A town, river, and ranges, all named after George Gawler ( 1795–1869 ), governor of South Australia ( 1838–41...

Eyre

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...Eyre , Australia, New Zealand Australia (South Australia): Australia’s largest salt lake named after Edward Eyre ( 1815–1901 ), a British explorer who first sighted it in 1840 . He later held governorships in New Zealand, St Vincent in the West Indies, and...

Investigator Group

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...Investigator Group , South Australia/Australia A group of islands discovered in 1802 by Matthew Flinders who mapped much of the Australian coast. The islands were named after his ship, the Investigator...

Dirk Hartog Island

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...Dirk Hartog Island , Western Australia/Australia Named after Dirck Hartog (?– c. 1616), a Dutch navigator who visited the island in 1616 while exploring the west coast of Australia...

Northam

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...Northam , Australia, South Africa, UK 1. Australia (Western Australia): founded in 1833 and named after the Northam in England. 2. UK (England): ‘Northern Enclosure’ from the Old English north and hamm ....

Bundaberg

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...Bundaberg , Queensland/Australia Named after the local Aboriginal Bunda tribe....

Onslow

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...Onslow , Australia, New Zealand, USA Australia (Western Australia): founded as a port in 1883 and named after Sir Alexander Onslow ( 1842–1908 ), chief justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia ( 1883–1901...

Goondiwindi

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...Goondiwindi , Queensland/Australia ‘Resting Place for Birds’ from an Aboriginal word....

Kyabram

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...Kyabram , Victoria/Australia Derived from an Aboriginal word for ‘thick forest’....

Mildura

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...Mildura , Victoria/Australia ‘Red Earth’ from an Aboriginal term....

Warragul

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...Warragul , Victoria/Australia Derived from an Aboriginal word for the dingo....

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