Maps and Feature Names

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 21:40
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I have a bit of a map fetish (among others) and have hundreds of them (in digital form).

Was doing my usual thing and writing a report for some work I recently did and came across this dam on a 100k map I was looking at south east of Kalgoorlie



Had to laugh (several times)

I suppose every named feature has some history, some more interesting than others and many not documented. Not sure about other states but Landgate has a website which provides origin of many names of the features shown on maps HERE including a short list of Unusual Western Australian Names. No doubt there are hundreds more.

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Reply By: equinox - Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 21:52

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 21:52
I think it's great when you come across a feature like that, it does make you wonder about the history and as you infer there are many of them.

Best I can come up with on this one is it was named by a 1966 Army Field Check (and an SRO ref).

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 22:03

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 22:03
Thanks Alan

I reckon anything in 1966 would have been "hard to find". We have it so easy these days (my other fetish - GPS units).

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Follow Up By: equinox - Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 22:05

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 22:05
So annoying though...
It was only hard to find once, now we know where it is it is no longer hard to find :-)


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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 22:12

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 22:12
Assuming they plotted it in the right spot :) (though Google Earth would solve that problem in this case)

Recall doing a 5km walk off the CSR into the Great Sandy looking for a "soak" that wasn't where it should have been once. I suppose no prior preparation was really to blame. All good fun though.

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Follow Up By: Jeffrey B2 - Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 22:49

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 22:49
Hi! Explorer,

I too take much pleasure in looking at maps and have for many years used
"The Readers Digest Topographical Atlas of Australia"

This Atlas is a coffee coloured book 280 mm. wide and 400 mm. Tall.
Last printed 1997. Quite rare and often found in Op. Shops. $5-10.

In conjunction with Google Earth any place in Australia can be located. New towns etc. will not appear but every topographical
factor will be correct.

I have studied this Atlas for probably 30 years and found only one
mistake, two rivers side by side with names transposed.

Lats and Longs are shown on every page,
2 degrees North and South, 3 degrees East and West.

Accurate to less than one minute.

If you spot one have a look. I never miss buying one if it appears.

Gifts for friends.

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Follow Up By: Mick O - Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 22:50

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 22:50
From my somewhat limited experience, it's always been; "Hard to find....Damn!"

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Follow Up By: Alan S (WA) - Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 23:23

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 23:23
Or mick its

Dam, hard to find.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, Jan 30, 2015 at 20:16

Friday, Jan 30, 2015 at 20:16
I suspect Mick means "hard to get" not so much "hard to find", but that would be a change of subject/OT, so best we keep exploring...:)

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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Jan 30, 2015 at 22:42

Friday, Jan 30, 2015 at 22:42
Well it's on the Australian gazetteer. Location of dam from gazetteer.

The name may have come from a comment written on a map by a surveyor. For years names appeared on maps like Sandy Creek and Stony Creek with the assumption that the surveyors actually named the creek. It has recently been recognised that the surveyors did no actually name the creeks but just described them. This could be the same situation here.


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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, Jan 30, 2015 at 23:04

Friday, Jan 30, 2015 at 23:04
Yeah ..If its plotted on a Govt map it will be in the "gazetteer" (assume Google have just acquired Fed Govt gazeteer data) ..same base data as used in EoTopo etc ..no mystery there.

Alan (Equinox) provided a possible origin of the name though not sure of the source of his info, I assume something from WA Landgate?

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Follow Up By: equinox - Friday, Jan 30, 2015 at 23:10

Friday, Jan 30, 2015 at 23:10
Yes, Landgate's Geonoma...

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