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In 2015, Australia commemorated the 100-year anniversary of the Anzac forces landing at Gallipoli. During the Anzac centenary period of 2014–18, the Victorian government also conducted a commemorative naming project in partnership with councils and naming authorities.

While the project has formally ended, Victorians can still acknowledge the wartime service and sacrifice of their local military service people and locals who supported Australia's military cause.

How does it work?

Victorians can research people from their municipalities and submit naming proposals to their local councils in honour of Anzac service people.

Councils then decide which name proposals should be used to name or rename roads, geographical features or localities.

There is also the opportunity to submit extra information about the history of a new or existing commemorative Anzac name to the VICNAMES register.

Who can apply?

  • schools
  • historical societies
  • members of RSL
  • interested individuals

Why take part?

Not only will the work help commemorate service men and women and those who have displayed the Anzac spirit, your submission may result in a road, street, feature, or locality being named and historical information being recorded online for future generations.

How to apply

To apply you should follow the steps to:

  • research appropriate names
  • submit the checklist to your council for final approval

Once approved, the council will add the name and history to the VICNAMES register.

What is the process?

Submit information for existing Anzac names

If a name is already in use within the community, you can still research and submit extra historical information to VICNAMES register.

This will be available online for future generations of Victorians.

Research appropriate names

Where do I start?

Often the best start is finding the local honour board or monument which will list the names of those in your community who have served.

You can also approach your local council, historical society or RSL for information about existing Anzac names.

Who can you recognise or commemorate?

Geographic Names Victoria defines ‘Anzac’ as referring to all men and women who have:

  • served in an operational capacity in the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces, or
  • made a notable contribution towards the Anzac spirit

Names to consider

You may consider the names of individual Anzacs who were born, lived or based in that Victorian locality or other significant items of military history, like:

  • unit names
  • historic events
  • places

Places could include former sites, including:

  • barracks
  • training camps
  • embarkation points
  • airfields
  • ordnance factories
  • shipyards

For more information and online resources on how to conduct your research, see how to name a place:

Page last updated: 30/11/20