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There's a Cleavand in Australia? [Jun. 30th, 2008|01:57 pm]
Stephan
As always, I look for ways to cheer myself up when I'm feeling miserable (and this is a near record state of depression for me).

In the course of my work today I discovered someone whose address is in the city/suburb of Cleavand in the Austrailan state of Queensland (the Northeastern chunk of Australia).

Out of curiosity, is anyone aware of any other cities in the USA, Canada, Alaska or the UK which are shared with Australia

Our captial cities:

Sydney (I believe Canada has a Sydney)
Melbourne
Brisbane (I believe there's a Brisbane in the USA)
Canberra
Adelaide
Perth Darwin

Swansea and Cardiff are two suburbs of Newcastle Australia and all three of these are named after cities in the United Kingdom.

Does anyone know of any others? You can have a quick look in Google Maps.
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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2008-06-30 05:09 am (UTC)
Ontario:

Melbourne
Windsor (NSW, Queensland, and Victoria)
Stratford (NSW and Victoria)
Queenston (you have a 'Queenstown' near Adelaide, and the city of Cobh in Ireland used to have that name)
York (now Toronto; you have one in WA)
Churchill (two of them somehow; there's a more famous one in Manitoba and one in both QLD and VIC)


We have a Kingston in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, while you have one in ACT, two in South Australia, two in Victoria, one on Tasmania, and one on Hobart Island.

Our Sydney is in Nova Scotia. The journalist Murray Sayle had some fun with some fishermen in Sydney about twenty years ago when he visited, saying he was from Sydney but had never been to Canada before!

There's also Perth County and city called Victoria in British Columbia. There's a Somerset county in England; a neighbourhood in Calgary, Alberta; and one each in Tasmania and Queensland.

And don't forget the two Torontos! ;)

That's all I can think of/look up right now. I'll check back later :P
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-07-01 11:50 am (UTC)
Whoa!

dhlawrence said:"And don't forget the two Torontos! ;)
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OH YES! How could I forget Toronto! [Hits self on head] I used to live near there. Incidentally, in a recent thread I mentioned those stylish 620 class self-propelled diesel passenger units. Toronto New South Wales had a short branch line until 1991 (now replaced with a lousy bus) and those 620 class were the mainstay. Oh what I wouldn't give to travel back in time and go for a few rides to Toronto. It's a small but very picturesque town (I guess it would be city-sized by now). Both Torontos have their own lake, but the one nearest me has never had snow, or a 27 kilometre shopping arcade network.

dhlawrence said:"Our Sydney is in Nova Scotia. The journalist Murray Sayle had some fun with some fishermen in Sydney about twenty years ago when he visited, saying he was from Sydney but had never been to Canada before!",

Yes I recall you telling me that story! LOL!

Windsor - Yes, there's a Windsor that's on the outskirts of Sydney and has a military airport.
Stratford - It's in my state but I've no idea where.

dhlawrence said:"There's a Somerset county in England; a neighbourhood in Calgary, Alberta; and one each in Tasmania and Queensland.",

When I first spotted this I miss-read and thought you were saying there's a Calgary in Tasmania & Queensland. Tasmania SHOULD have a Calgary - it can get cold enough there.

You've done brilliantly! I'm in awe of your research here! How did you find all these correlations?
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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2008-07-01 04:11 pm (UTC)
The Wikipedia 'disambiguation' pages helped. I simply looked up towns in Canada and the UK that I knew existed elsewhere, and the disambiguation page listed where all the towns by that name existed. I left out American equivalents because there are so many of them!
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-06-30 07:14 pm (UTC)
Um, where's the other Cleavand? You're not thinking of Cleveland, are you?
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-06-30 09:17 pm (UTC)
Sorry, yes - that was my typo. I really wasn't able to think clearly yesterday.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-07-09 04:02 am (UTC)
Found another one shared with the United Kingdom. This one doesn't surprise me, but now I'm able to confirm it:

Morpeth, Northumberland England: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morpeth%2C_Northumberland

Morpeth, New South Wales Australia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morpeth%2C_New_South_Wales

I've been to Morpeth a few times, as this is an idyllic country town nearly 40km west of my former home in Newcastle, and like Toronto New South Wales the town of Morpeth also had a branch line railway that had been connected to the main line (theirs closing many decades earlier). When last I was there they had a surprisingly active tourist industry that was still booming despite the decline of Newcastle City. A small but very interesting little town.
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