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Misinformation on the Internet

Date: 12/16/2001
Time: 10:13:01 PM
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Having just read the Victorian RSL's "Australians at War" site I was intrigued that under the heading of Australians 'taken prisoner' during the South African Boer War of 1899-1902, the number quoted was 'NIL'. At the bottom of the page it said (no, not said, it stated): "Compiled from figures made available from the Australian War Memorial." The number quoted for Australians who were 'killed' in the Boxer Rebellion 1900 was stated to be 'SIX,' when in fact NO Australians were 'killed in action.' Of the six Australians who died whilst on active service in China, FIVE died of disease and ONE died of a self inflicted gun shot wound. So what?, you may say. The fact is this: there is a growing amount of misinformation being propagated and spread on the world wide web from people and organisations who should know better. School kids and researchers often use the internet (and this site) for school projects and study assignments. It should be up to each and everyone of us, as 'historians' and 'the keepers of the past' to present all information published here and elsewhere on the internet in TRUE and CONCISE format.

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