digitalnz and my Dad!

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Monday 22 November 2010
Ron Brownson

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digitalnz is a portal to many museum collections that are online in New Zealand. I never expected to be not only informed but shocked when I consulted it recently and found a bit of information that is not only incorrect, it is also inaccurate. So, now I have to get the on-line information altered. That may not be easy so I will give a report back.

Here is what I looked at. I give both the Auckland Museum collection portal:
http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/36710.detail
and the digitalnz portal:
http://search.digitalnz.org/nzetcsearchdigitalnz/search?search_text=brownson

This is the entry:
FULL NAME
Ronald Charles Brownson
FORENAME
Ronald Charles
SURNAME
Brownson

WAR
World War II, 1939-1945

SERIAL NO.
443580

FIRST KNOWN RANK
Private

OCCUPATION BEFORE ENLISTMENT
Butcher

NEXT OF KIN
Mrs E. Brownson (mother), 13 Mamie Street, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand
MARITAL STATUS
Single

MILITARY DISTRICT
Auckland
EMBARKATION UNIT
Infantry Reinforcements
CAMPAIGNS
Italy
DESCRIPTION OF IMAGE
Cartoon/painting of Joe Glenn in Rome in September 1945. Shown lying under a wine cask drinking from the tap.
Cartoon/painting of Jo Glenn and Ronald Brownson. Both men shows holding onto posts, carrying wine and gin bottles, with red noses, saying to one another "Are you Joe", "Are you Ron'. These drawings may be with work of Ronald Brownson - to be confirmed.

What is wrong is this: Dad was not a butcher and he never drank gin!