User talk:Peter Bell

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March 2008[edit]


Hi, the recent edit you made to History of Australia has been reverted, as it appears to be unconstructive. Use the sandbox for testing; if you believe the edit was constructive, ensure that you provide an informative edit summary. You may also wish to read the introduction to editing. Thanks. Steve Crossin (talk) 08:28, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

Thuringowa history[edit]

Hi thanks for this info, i will look into it and add/update the areas that need it, the only book i have about Thuringowa's history is one by Diane vance, called Thuringowa past and present, but it's last update was 1997 so again i thank you for your info and will go and get them ASAP. Thanks heaps Thuringowacityrep (talk) 10:24, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

Great Barrier Reef history[edit]

Dear Sir, thank you very much for letting me know about the existence of your book - I am very much interested in pursuing the topic, but unfortunately I don't readily have access to a copy of your book. As a stop-gap, I'd like to put its' title in the "Further reading" section of the main Great Barrier Reef article. Hopefully I will have the chance to pursue finding a copy of your book at some future date (probably not before mid-June). If this is unacceptably slow for you, theoretically, you could paraphrase from your own book to improve the article, but some people might get a bit iffy about that, thinking that you're trying to use Wikipedia to promote your own views or some other such rubbish. Your book should count as a reliable source regardless of who eventually uses it as a source in the article, as it is published by AIMS, and, of course, you are a highly professional person.

I see that you have been doing some extensive re-writes of Australian history articles - it would be very much helpful if you could cite some sources, as it helps other people to be able to find out more. Please let me know if my stop-gap idea is acceptable to you, or if you would like any assistance with citing on Wikipedia. -Malkinann (talk) 04:21, 19 May 2008 (UTC)

I've plugged it into the Further reading section, does it look right? I've also written (myself?) a note on Talk:Great Barrier Reef to remind me that those sources you've pointed me at are relevant to that part. I'm ever-so-slightly morbidly curious as to how you think the two articles stack up (the main one and Environmental threats to the Great Barrier Reef), as broad, high-school level aimed overviews, but that way madness lies. Having an article critiqued by an academic who has professionally written on the topic would be the Holy Grail of trying to gain featured article status (the best articles on Wikipedia). Part of the reason I'm concerned you're not citing your cleanups and fact-changing is that sometimes, if it's controversial or little-known, people will just remove the (completely true) work, without bothering to check it out. With a citation next to it, or a reference list, then they should know to go 'hey, this seems wrong and dumb, but they reckon it comes from this source'. Depending on how enthusiastic the person is, they will either read the book or be trust that if there's a source, it must be true. The small works you've been performing on Wikipedia are valuable - I don't want to see them deleted just because someone didn't trust them. -Malkinann (talk) 13:16, 19 May 2008 (UTC)


Thank you for looking at the Environmental threats to the Great Barrier Reef article and your helpful comments on the oil section. I was able to use the names and dates you provided to find a source for the article describing the oil drilling and I've incorporated it. Hopefully this gets closer to the truth of the matter. --Malkinann (talk) 10:02, 11 January 2010 (UTC)

I'm glad you like the rewrite, I thought it was interesting how the politics played into events. Most of what I've done with the GBR articles is from the school syllabus I studied, so I'm happy that you think it's not half bad. --Malkinann (talk) 00:31, 16 January 2010 (UTC)


Hi Peter Bell

I liked your addition to Bluestone. Interesting. Curiously, I just bought some paving that was labelled as "Pacific Bluestone", which actually came from China. It's a basalt - presumably being sold on its resemblance to Victorian (ie Basalt) Bluestone - Just to muddy the waters even further. Machina.sapiens (talk) 11:08, 24 May 2010 (UTC)

Hi Machina.sapiens

Yes, a lot of the slate being sold to dress up walls in South Australia these days is imported from South Africa, too.

I thought I'd tidy up the reference to SA bluestone, which is utterly different from the stone given that name in Victoria. The thing I left unanswered because I don't know, is why "blue"? The stone is usually the colour of rust - orange-brown - because that's exactly what colours it. Sometimes there are other colours from greenish to purplish in it. I think the name was originally a joke along the lines of Australians calling someone with red hair Bluey, but I haven't got any evidence for that. Peter Bell (talk) 04:17, 26 May 2010 (UTC)

Hector Holthouse[edit]

National Library of Australia says 1915-1991.[1]Anythingyouwant (talk) 05:12, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

Lambing flat stuff[edit]

I have edited as suggested. I have just written a book about that era. Lgh (talk) 05:37, 21 January 2011 (UTC)

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Greek Temples[edit]

Thank you Peter! I'm glad you like like it. It's sortable. If you sort under A for Athena, it should rise to the surface.

It was a it of a puzzle to get the dates to sort, both backwards and forwards, when they crossed the border of BCE/CE.

If you sort by Place (one of the options) the buildings in Syracuse should come up together, and the Temple of Athena is one of them, with a lateral view showing the columns sticking out of the wall. What and amazing building it must be!

Amandajm (talk) 01:08, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

Possibly unfree File:Torrens Island camps.jpg[edit]

A file that you uploaded or altered, File:Torrens Island camps.jpg, has been listed at Wikipedia:Possibly unfree files because its copyright status is unclear or disputed. If the file's copyright status cannot be verified, it may be deleted. You may find more information on the file description page. You are welcome to add comments to its entry at the discussion if you are interested in it not being deleted. Thank you. Veggy (talk) 08:47, 6 January 2013 (UTC)

I will watch this talk page so we can discuss the issue here. Here is the license tag you used:

If this is not legally possible:

I grant any entity the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.
Do you understand what "I, the copyright holder of this work" implies? That you are the owner of the copyright of the image in question. However, Google Earth is a copyrighted program and, even if you "understood [it] to be in the public domain," you would still not be the copyright owner of the work. As such, the image is copyrighted and requires a {{Non-free use rationale}} to satisfy the criteria for non-free content. Please review the non-free content policy to learn about proper use of copyrighted material. However, there are very few acceptable rationales for Google Earth images. Even with a rationale tag and proper copyright license, this image is replaceable with a free one and, thus, fails the first criteria for non-free fair use. -- Veggy (talk) 20:44, 6 January 2013 (UTC)
You'd better delete it then, hadn't you? Peter Bell (talk) 06:25, 7 January 2013 (UTC)


Invitation to Adelaide Wikipedia Users Group meetings[edit]

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Hi, in case you're not already aware of it, a group of Adelaide Wikipedians has been meeting on a monthly basis since April, with the aim of improving the scope and quality of articles on South Australian topics. We meet at UniSA's City West campus, and our 23 July meeting will have a guest speaker from the National Trust of SA.

This coming Sunday, 6 July, we will be holding our first Edit-a-thon. This will be an opportunity for new editors to come and learn either basic or more advanced editing from very experienced wikipedians, so if you know anyone who would like to get some practice, please let them know - and beginners will be very welcome. Cheers, Bahudhara (talk) 06:11, 4 July 2014 (UTC)