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Australia, Project Guidelines - Australian Location Categories

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Location Category Structure

Naming of Location Categories


  • Please note, at this stage the Australia Project has not approved a parallel location category structure for pre-1900 locations, under the respective colony categories, apart from a very few exceptions that have been in existence for some time. See the note at the foot of this page re colonial locations.

1. The structure has one additional top-level category under each state and territory, to contain the location categories for that state or territory, called [[Category:State or Territory, Places]].

2. This will mean the state or territory category would be less congested, and the non-location categories could be indexed alphabetically by their topics, as has being done in the Australia category.

3. The State categories will become top-level categories, and a [[Category:Unknown Location, State or Territory]] will be included for profiles where the state or territory is known, but not the location name.

4. The Location Category Info Box (CIB) will be used on all landing-level place name categories, and to link any towns that have had name changes. A number of towns were renamed during World War One, due to anti-German sentiment at the time. Hobart Town and Hobart, and Bethanien and Bethany are examples of categories that have been linked sideways via the Timeline in the CIB.

5. Any unnecessary mid-level categories that have no other subcategories or profiles and that circle back to the state category can be removed, ie, sub categories that lead to the same landing level categories, but have no extra categorization benefit. For example, Category:Queensland is followed by Category:Queensland, Places then by the Queensland place name categories, so we wouldn't divide category Queensland into hypothetically, North Queensland and South Queensland, as a member can go directly to the place names from the Queensland category. Each top-level State category has a prominent banner (see example below) indicating the location of the place name categories. No other interim categories are required.

For all location categories, see South Australia, Places

For individual profiles associated with South Australia, where the location name is unknown, use
[[Category: Unknown Location, South Australia]]

Notes: Colonial Australia 1788-1900

Please refer to the following page regarding Australian Locations in Colonial Australia 1788-1900.


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