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Favourite pictures[edit]

Some of my favorites, all of them related (possibly indirectly) to articles I've worked on:

A bobtail (Tiliqua rugosa) on a verandah.
Another one of mine: Red Kangaroo Paws (A. manglesii).
Aardappeleters ("The Potato Eaters") by Vincent Van Gogh, 1885. Great expressionist painting of ordinary people. Used by G. E. M. de Ste. Croix as the frontispiece of The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World (1982), one of my favourite books.
Makhaya Ntini bowls at the WACA Ground, Perth on 16/12/05, the first day of the First Test, Australia v South Africa. Adam Gilchrist was facing, Andrew Symonds is the non-striking batter. Ntini took five wickets for 64 runs on the day. I took this with my run-of-the-mill Fuji and got lucky with the timing — both the ball and Ntini are suspended in mid-air.
Players contest a mark at the 1933 Australian Football Carnival, at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The teams are Victoria and an unknown state (possibly Tasmania). (Photographer: Sam Hood.) I don't have a strong reason for including this, other than it has a nice composition and its a classic, timeless Aussie rules pic.
One of the most poignant photos I've ever seen. Christmas Day, 1942. An Australian soldier, George "Dick" Whittington, is aided by Papuan orderly Raphael Oimbari, at the Battle of Buna-Gona. Whittington died in February 1943 from the effects of bush typhus, the little-known killer of many Allied and Japanese soldiers in the Pacific. (Picture by George Silk.)

Pet hates[edit]

  1. Use of adjectives as nouns: "eat more dairy products" Check mark.svg not "eat more dairy" X mark 18x18 02.gif (Consuming a shed is a recipe for indigestion.)
  2. Misuse of dashes and hyphens, i.e.:
    1. emdash ( — ) only ever used as parentheses, either with or without spaces, according to style and preference, i.e.: Sdgdf sdasfasag — bvbnnbsngn jfdgjdj hfhsf agdfgf — fgagfga fasdfasdf or; Sdgdf sdasfasag—bvbnnbsngn jfdgjdj hfhsf agdfgf—fgagfga fasdfasdf.
    2. endash ( – ) used in ranges, such as "10–20" years. Now sometimes used as parentheses, usually with spaces, i.e. Sdgdf sdasfasag – bvbnnbsngn jfdgjdj hfhsf agdfgf – fgagfga fasdfasdf.
    3. hyphen ( - ), which should only ever be used both to join two words, without spaces, e.g. Hobson-Jobson. (See also en dash versus em dash.)
  3. The qualifier "in the southern hemisphere", which is popular with some of my fellow Australians; do people who use this have any idea what goes on in South America or southern Africa?

Useful resources[edit]

  • The Wayback Machine — a huge web archive, which contains lots of dead pages. It's a great way of getting hold of those useful but fly-by-night web articles.

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Project membership[edit]

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Areas of interest[edit]

History and historiography[edit]

Australian history[edit]

Military history[edit]


Colonialism and Imperialism[edit]

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I, Natalinasmpf give Grant65 this barnstar for his knowledgeable documentation of battles in history.

In recognition of your work I award you this barnstar. In particular, for the exceptional read that was CAC CA-15. Thank you! michael talk 12:20, 24 July 2006 (UTC)
Original Barnstar.png Pacific Theatre, 1941-45 Barnstar
For superlative work on meticulously organizing the New Guinea campaign and associated campaignbox. Cla68 06:57, 18 December 2006 (UTC)
I award you the Aviation Barnstar in recognition of your knowledgeable contribution to aviation articles. -Bzuk
BoNM - Australia.png The Australian Barnstar of National Merit
for your efforts with Australian articles Gnangarra 00:11, 26 January 2008 (UTC)