Special credit is due to Flavia Hodges, Research Associate of the Australian National Placenames Survey (APNS) and former director of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Toponymy (APIT) hosted by Macquarie University (2002-2006). Flavia instigated the preparation of the volume, and arranged financial support from APIT for the editing of the volume. The ANPS project organised the conferences at which earlier versions of the majority of the chapters were presented. Three of the chapters (3, 5, and 11) had their origins in papers presented at a conference called ‘Australian placenames: An interdisciplinary colloquium’, held at The Australian National University, Canberra, 5 December 2002. Earlier versions of nine of the chapters (3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 15, and 16) were presented at a conference ‘Aboriginal Placenames Old and New’ held at Geoscience Australia, Canberra, 1 October 2005.
The editors thank the editorial board of Aboriginal History Inc. for accepting the volume into their monograph series, and for general advice and facilitation with ANU E Press. Special thanks to the assessors who read the whole manuscript for the Aboriginal History board, Kitty Eggerking and Philip Jones, for their feedback and detailed comments on the papers. For copy-editing and/or formatting we are grateful to: Clair Hill, Susan Love, Paul Sidwell and Geoffrey Hunt. We thank ANU E Press for their patience with the long gestation of the volume and for seeing it through the production process.
The authors acknowledge permissions for illustrations as follows. Figures 1.4, 1.5, and 1.6 are reproduced with the permission of the Library at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Figure 17.1 is used with permission from AIATSIS, Canberra. Figure 17.2 was made available by the Dhimurru Land Management Aboriginal Corporation. Figure 17.3 is used with the permission of the East Arnhem Land Tourist Association Inc. The maps in chapters 11 and 12 were created using Geoscience Australia’s Natmap Raster Mosaic.