User:Aleta Curry

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The account of this former contributor was not re-activated after the server upgrade of March 2022.

Aleta passed away in August 2020

The account of this former contributor was not re-activated after the server upgrade of March 2022.

Welcome to Aleta's Page

I am a Specialist Editor in the Hobbies workgroup


Freelance writer on hobbyist subjects for many years. Recently returned to writing in History, my academic subject. You can read a professional profile at My LinkedIn page.

Fine Art and Antiques

  • Certified valuer, Fine Art and Antiques, AAVA (Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia), the only certifying authority in Australia.
  • Owner of successful antiques business website and blog

Dog Breeds

  • Qualified dog classifier and judge, MFCA, Inc.
  • Registered kennel owner, dog breeder
  • Longstanding member, Royal New South Wales Canine Council, Royal Agricutural Society
  • 10+ years as a dog writer. (See specifics below)
  • Radio interviews as a dog expert

There are no academic institutions that qualify cynologists, per se, in most of the industrialised West, and though the word 'cynology' exists in other languages, English has no consensus, indeed whether or not cynology is an extant field, an emerging field or wishful thinking is a matter that only time can settle. For the present, dog specialists are described by their specialties, i.e. dog breeder, dog writer, dog groomer. Australia has no one certifying institution for dog specialists.


  • 10+ years ballroom dance teacher and performer, no longer active. As many years writing about dance.


  • BA, History (Honours) minor, Political Theory, unofficial minor, Film Theory (no official film minors were given at my university at that time)
  • Post graduate study, history.

As a freelance writer and historian resident in Australia, my curriculum vitae spans several countries with extensive experience in research, writing and publishing.

Hourglass drawing.svg Where Aleta lives it is approximately: 00:03

Areas of expertise are

  • The Performing Arts: Dance, film and theatre
  • Dogs: History of dog breeds: Working Dogs (herders and terriers); History of Fox Terriers; Dogs in Film and Literature; Dogs and Society; Dogs in Art

Current interest: History of dog breeds: Specializing in Australian Working Dogs; National dog breeds; Independent dog breeds

BA in history; minor: political theory; minor: film theory. Graduate courses: History. Ten years’ experience in methods analysis and procedural writing. Professional ballroom dance teacher and performer for over 10 years. Co-founder of a theatre performance group.

Current/recent publications


  • Tallong: A Heritage. ISBN: [978-0-646-54554-7]. 2010. Contributed two chapters, editing and production.
  • The Registry Handbook. MFCA Inc, privately published, Sydney: 2008. Contributor.
  • The 20th Anniversary Show Book: Twenty Years of the Mini Foxie Club of Australia. ISBN: 0-9758380-0-8. Sydney: 2006. Editor and contributor.


  • Clear As Glass: The Glass Market Outlook for 2012. In Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure and Profit magazine. Issue 43, Summer 2012.
  • Not Just Another Pretty Face: The Working Origins of Australia’s Show Dogs. In Dog’s Life magazine, March-April 2007.
  • Series The All-Australian Dog in the Southern Village View Magazine, 2006 - 2008. Articles published: The Australian Cattle Dog, The Jack Russell Terrier, The Koolie, The Miniature Fox Terrier, The Tenterfield Terrier, The Border Collie.

Radio Interview:

  • PTR #183 Seg: 4/5 Not Just A Pretty Face - Aleta Curry. Excerpt: Australia has a dog breed expert,...maybe the only [dog breed historian] in the world....She's a prolific writer...historian...and her name is Aleta Curry.


I actually wrote this


Stuff I'll be working on as I can

  • User:Aleta Curry/dogs - I'm organizing dog topics here. Or just jotting things down as I think of them. Or whatever. Feel free to have a look and drop a line.

Funny stuff somebody else wrote

  • The unfortunate bit about ...[the Internet] is that previously it was nearly impossible to gather an entire world's worth of stupidity together in a room. Now it is almost a guaranteed hourly phenomenon. Bryce Prewitt Posted Tuesday 4th December 2007 02:49 GMT [1] sourced 6 Dec 2007
  • ...Wikipedia has pissed off every known form of sentience, three out of four forces of nature, a water-born fungus in Australia and sixty four species of birds. -Christopher J. Reiss

Helpful hints pour moi

Categories, links formats n stuff

  • to add a category: Category:Biology Workgroup -- with a preceeding colon places the category on the page. Without, it places what you're writing into the category. That is, to link to a category without adding the page you are linking from to that category, say:
[[:Category:Biology Workgroup]]

Or use nowiki--look this up in the edit screen: [[Category:Biology Workgroup]]

  • If you want to put a template on a talk page, put a tl| in front of it and it won't act as a template, {{subpages}} --Matt Innis (Talk) 19:53, 17 October 2007 (CDT)
  • To include a link to an image on a page, without actually inserting the image, say the following (for image 'foo.fmt') :
Notice the initial ":" - that's what prevents the image being inserted.

to add myself

  • to sign: three tildes, to sign and date: four tildes

References are an ongoing discussion

<ref> Berkowitz, Howard. When a Russian History Citation Just Isn't Godunov. London: Little Whinging Press, 2008.</ref> and then at the end I put <references/>

Helpful Hint from Howard There are lots of refinements, but let me add one suggestion. Where you wrote <ref>, write <ref name=XXX>, where XXX is some unique identifier like Badunov. If you subsequently want to refer to the citation XXX, all you do is type <ref name=XXX /> (the space before the slash is important) and that will give the same footnote number that will show up under references. Actually, I would like someone to tell me about the differences between <references/> and {{reflist}}. At the Other Place, people I respected said the latter was better, so I never got into the habit of using the former. Got me. Anybody got an answer?

Let me be clear about nowiki, which I am deliberately not putting in angle brackets here. I forgot that the forum software doesn't respond to wiki formatting commands. This is a mistake that I made when someone first used one in an example.
Assume you wanted to tell someone, on a wiki page, to use three single quotes to bold something. If you just wrote the three quotes, the Wiki software would start bolding at that point, and never unbold.
nowiki ---Wiki formatting stuff -- slash nowiki allows "Wiki formatting stuff" to be seen on the formatted page. You can only see nowiki when you are in edit mode.



English language rules

Computer kerflooie

Sympathetic ear (or, go on, have a whinge)

Everyone, plus me

The Buck Stops Here Over There

Pages I can never find when I need them

  • Aleks pointed me to this WP author template:
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NOTICE, please do not remove from top of page.

In lieu of WP notice: My understanding is that since I wrote this text, I do not need to put a "from Wikipedia" message on this text, but instead should leave a notice stating that this was based on my original work for WP and I intend to maintain it.

Aleta Curry 22:59, 16 July 2007 (CDT)

(If you leave it blank and leave out four tiles, you get a form message.)

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NOTICE, please do not remove from top of page.
Check the history of edits to see who inserted this notice.

or, you can type in any text you want:

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NOTICE, please do not remove from top of page.
Aleta the Magnificent wrote this last year. Amazing, what?
Aleta Curry 21:05, 19 October 2007 (CDT)


Larry says this about the hierarchy:

As a general rule, article placement in workgroups should not depend on who is there now but whether the scholars in a discipline study the subject (whether they are represented here, yet, or not).

The order, however--sociology then anthro or vice-versa--is completely irrelevant to anything. We haven't yet established any hierarchy of workgroups. Order of listing is meaningless. --Larry Sanger 08:59, 3 November 2007 (CDT)

Subpages are here!

(And it's getting easier to use them all the time! The present, almost-completely automated version is:)

  1. In the edit screen of your article's main page, type or paste the code {{subpages}} at the top of the page, in your editing screen, above the text.
  2. Depress 'enter' and Save. Note: if you've done it all right, you'll now get prompts directing you to create a metadata page, a talk page and write a definition. Just follow the prompts. Or don't; it's not here to make you crazy. Just type your text, save and leave it if you're feeling queasy at this point.
  3. Whoo-hoo! You're done!
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So how do I create only the Definition subpage? Aleta Curry 06:48, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

One of two ways, each having applications. 1. Type Koala/Definition into the search window. Hit ENTER 2. Click the prompt "do you want to create this page?" 3. Fill in the definition, save, and create the main page.

  • Alternative

1. In a Related Articles page, put

2. Click on the grayed field. It will bring up the definition definition window. Define and save. 3. You will now get a red main page prompt (once saved). Click it, wait for the window to open, and save without doing anything else. Howard C. Berkowitz 07:54, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

Helpful links

Aleta Curry is specialist editor for dog breeds, within the Hobbies Workgroup. --Larry Sanger