Australian-English Spelling Dictionary

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The current dictionary is based on the the United Kingdom English word list with an ad hoc collection of 'Australian' words added. I (David Wilson) have build up this list from a variety of public sources over several years, so that it includes place names, botanical and animal names, common personal names and 'Australianisms'. These have been added to an Australian word list over time.

The dictionary word list has been significantly increased by merging in a large number of new words from the British word lists in SCOWL (see links below).

Australian-English follows the conventions of British-English rather than American English.


The Australian-English Spelling dictionary is currently packaged with the English dictionaries in the OpenOffice 3.1 distribution. It is available as an add-on extension for OpenOffice 3.0 at [1]. And can be added to OpenOffice 2.0 [2].

The object of this project is improve the organisation and maintenance of the Australian-English Spelling Dictionary.

To improve the maintenance of the word list I propose to add structure to the project by maintaining separate word lists that are combined to produce the new versions of the Australian-English Spelling Dictionary. The separate word lists should help us to ensure we have the best coverage possible in each category.

The Australian-English Spelling Dictionary currently uses phonetic hints from the US-English Spelling Dictionary. These may need to be adjusted for Australian usage.

Proposed Australian Word list Categories

  • Place Names
  • Botanical Names (flora)
  • Animal names (fauna)
  • Australianism
  • Common personal and family names


  • Kevin's Word List Page, including the official Hunspell en_UK, en_US and en_CA dictionaries, created from SCOWL (Spell Checker Oriented Word Lists). Revision 6 August 10, 2004 by Kevin Atkinson
  • OpenOffice spelling checker is based on Hunspell. Which is a spell checker and morphological analyzer library and program designed for languages with rich morphology and complex compounding or character encoding.
  • The GeoNames geographical database covers all countries and contains over eight million place names that are available for download free of charge. The Australian place names list -
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