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Comic book character
- a comic book character was invented to keep the Batman name living in perpetuity
Wow, this article hasn't changed greatly in size since I last looked at it (2004), but the tone has changed somewhat. There has been a long history of lauding either Batman or Fawkner as the 'real' founder of Melbourne and I think this article is now tending towards giving an umblemished view of Batman, e.g. it has been suggested he died of syphilis (we don't know if that's true) but mention of it has been removed, the article now simply says he negociated a treaty whereas the validity/authenticity of the treaty has been questioned by many authors. We should be giving both sides of these controversies, not a hagiography.
I'm also a little concerned that some of these changes were made by User:Prester John, previously warned for edit-warring and currently blocked indefinitely for being a sockpuppet.
Disentangling all this would be a bit of work, which I don't think I can do right now, so I'm just bringing it up here in case someone wants to take it on.
The Ganges ship is mentioned in this source. I initially thought it was HMS, but after discussing it at User_talk:Acad_Ronin#Transport_Board it appears likely that it is the convict ship now mentioned at Ganges (disambiguation)#Other_ships. --John Vandenberg (chat) 23:48, 29 August 2009 (UTC)