During a night of online shopping in the heart of the pandemic, Rachel McPhail had the spontaneous idea of ââwriting the name of his country in the address field – and it stuck.
It was a small decision that touched the rocking history of place names in Australia, which has its roots in the colonial erasure of indigenous place names.
But since that night McPhail has built a movement called Place names in addresses, which calls for more space and visibility of traditional Australian place names in all areas of public life – and Australia Post is among its supporters.
She joins Blueprint to tell us more about how the project came about, why recognizing traditional place names is the bare minimum, and her next expensive post – an online database of all traditional Australian place names.
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