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I have the keyboard set to "British" and my locale is Australia, but neither of these seem to affect the spelling suggestions.

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Spelling is determined by the keyboard setting you're using. Go to Settings > General > International > Keyboards, and make sure that English (UK) is added. It also helps to remove the US keyboard so that you don't accidentally get stuck in that.

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THANK you! Now I realise it was the "hardware" keyboard I had set to British, and it was an English (UK) software keyboard I had to add. –  Robert Atkins Nov 13 '11 at 11:36
    
Glad to help. It seems obvious when you know, but it isn't the most intuitive thing. –  anthonyg Nov 14 '11 at 12:47
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