Guide to the Papers of Hans Zwillenberg [MSS 019]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Hans Zwillenberg
Manuscript Number MSS 019
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 56 cm (4 boxes)
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract This collection comprises research material collected by Hans Zwillenberg for his 1970 M.A. thesis entitled Citizens and soldiers : the defence of South Australia, 1836-1901.

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Scope and Content

This collection comprises research material collected by Hans Zwillenberg for his Master of Arts thesis entitled Citizens and soldiers : the defence of South Australia, 1836-1901, Department of History, University of Adelaide (1970). The papers include printed and photocopies of Parliamentary papers, government reports, book extracts, magazine articles, newspaper clippings; also included are letters and personal notes.

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Biographical Note

Hans Joachim Zwillenberg was born on 3 December 1915 in Deutch Eylau Germany. He arrived in Sydney on the SS Niagaraon 20 November 1938, and became an Australian citizen in 1945. He enjoyed studying and was awarded the following qualifications: Librarianship (1954); Primary Metallurgy (1958); Bachelor of Arts (History, Politics and German Literature), University of Adelaide (1962); Master of Arts (Research Thesis in History), University of Adelaide (1971); and Masters of Arts (Research Thesis in History), University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra (1993).

After an extensive and varied career in South Australia, he and his family relocated to Canberra in 1968. He moved from the Department of Supply to the National Library of Australia in 1975, where he worked until his retirement in 1980. He had a distinguished career in his chosen field of librarianship, having been the Director Technology and later the Director of Science and Technology.

Zwillenberg was also interested in Australian military history, and he served in the Citizen Military Force (CMF) in South Australia from 1948 to 1963, and held the substantive rank of Major. His last appointment was as company commander for four years.

He was an active member of: Royal Australian Chemical Institute; Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy; Institute of Information Scientists; Royal Institute of Public Administration; Australian Computer Society; Library Association of Australia; Australian Institute of Management; United Services Institutions of ACT; Missions to Seaman; Military Historical Society of Australia; and Church of England Girls' Grammar School Professional Officers Association Goethe Society.

Zwillenberg maintained a life-long interest in technology, and in 1985 he was awarded the Robert D Williamson Award for achievements in information science.

He died in Canberra in March 2000 at the age of 85.

Obituary-Hans Joachim Zwillenberg (1915-2000), published in Sabretache, vol. XLI, June 2000, p. 45-46.


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Preferred Citation

Papers of Hans Zwillenberg, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 019, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was donated to the Academy Library by Hans Zwillenberg.

Separated Material

Further papers of H. J. Zwillenberg are held by the National Library, in the Papers, 1914-1986 at MS 5060.


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Personal Names

H.J. (Hans Joachim) Zwillenberg 1915-2000


Librarians, historians


Container List


Box 1

Folder 1 
Bibliographies and reference lists, 1836-1946

Folder 2-3 
Reports relating to Thursday Island and King George's Sound naval defences, 1885-1899

Folder 4 
Reports, manuscript and typescript research notes and newspaper clippings relating to the history of the Australian Cavalry, 1840-1963

Folder 5 
Reports and typescript research notes relating to the history of Australian Forts and Coastal Artillery, 1840-1964

Folder 6 
Reports and manuscript and typescript research notes relating to the history of the Australian Infantry, 1911-1943

Folder 7 
Photocopy of Further report on the Federal Military Committee assembled at Melbourne, Victoria, 12th June 1901

Folder 8 
Reports relating to the Federal Military Committee, 1882-1909


Box 2

Folder 9 
Photocopies of drafts of the Commonwealth Defence Act 1901 and amendments, 1901-1902

Folder 10 
Photocopies of Defence Acts for Australian colonies, 1884-1897

Folder 11 
Photocopies of material relating to the history of the 3rd Light Horse Regiment during World War I and consecration and presentation of their Regimental Guidons, 1914-1928

Folder 12-16 
Photocopies of Parliamentary papers and manuscript notes relating to South Australian Military Forces, 1857-1900


Box 3

Folder 17-19 
Photocopies and printed material relating to the history of Australian colonial defence, 1859-1908

Folder 20 
Manuscript ledger of 'Statement of Enfield Rifles received and issued by South Australian Government : general abstract of vouchers', 1862-1870

Folder 21-24 
Photocopies of articles, reports and manuscript and typescript research notes, 1861-1964


Box 4

Folder 25-27 
Printed copies and photocopies of Parliamentary papers, reports and manuscript and typescript research notes relating to military legislation and policy, 1842-1900

Folder 28 
Printed copy of Intercolonial Convention, 1883 : report of the proceedings of the Intercolonial Convention, held in Sydney, in November and December, 1883

Folder 29 
Photocopy of Australian Federal defence : the regimental and corps peace and war establishments of the Federal Defence Force, in accordance with the recommendations of the Intercolonial Military Committee, Sydney, N.S.W. 5th February, 1896

Folder 30-32 
Photocopies of Parliamentary papers relating to Australian Federal Defence and military forces, 1890-1896