Guide to the Papers of Marilyn Foster-Holmes [MSS 089]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Marilyn Foster-Holmes
Manuscript Number MSS 089
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 1 box + 1 AV box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Drafts, correspondence, audio cassettes and photographs

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content 

This collection contains the papers of Marilyn Foster-Holmes related to her biography of Ernst Friedrich Wilhelm von Worthmann, German Charlie: Man of the Mallee.

Date Range of Content 


Biographical Note 

Marilyn Foster-Holmes authored German Charlie: Man of the Mallee, the biography of Ernst Friedrich Wilhelm von Worthmann (1887-1970), the youngest son of Ernst and Johanna von Worthmann of Holstein, Hanover and Hamburg, Germany. German Charlie was a seaman who jumped ship in Adelaide, South Australia and headed north and east, arriving in Pinnaroo (about 243 kilometers east of Adelaide) in 1907.


Administrative Information 

Access and Copying Conditions 

Access: Open Access

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

Copying: Copying of material for private study and research is approved. 

Preferred Citation 

Papers of Marilyn Foster-Holmes, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, MSS 089, Box [Number], Folder [Number]


The collection was acquired in 1988 from Marilyn Foster-Holmes


Subject Keywords 


Germans - South Australia - Biography

Pinaroo (S.A.) - Biography

Personal Names

German Charlie, 1887-1970 

Von WorthmannErnst Friedrich Wilhelm, 1887-1970

Marilyn Foster-Holmes, 1943-


Container List

Box 1

Index cards, typescripts, correspondence, research notes

Folder 1 

Handwritten index cards for German Charlie: Man of the Mallee

Folder 2         

Annotated typewritten draft of German Charlie: Man of the Mallee 

Folder 3         

Annotated typewritten draft of German Charlie: Man of the Mallee 

Folder 4         

Correspondence and research notes 1983-1985 regarding German Charlie: Man of the Mallee

Folder 5         

Correspondence and research notes 1985-86 regarding German Charlie: Man of the Mallee




German Charlie: Man of the Mallee: 8 Audio cassettes and 23 colour photographs


Ardie Thiel, Cora Austin, Fred Venning, Bert Bailey


Phillip Satchel, Bett Perly, A Johnson. Book launch, 26 April 1986


George Edwards, Jim Schiller, Elsie Bridge nee Forrest, M. Foster-Holmes, 4 January 1984


Stu Holmes, Dave and Madge Westphalen


Billing family


Jean and Gordon Johnson, Ailsa Armstrong, Ray Sheldon, Lorna Howie


Bob Fischer, Les Venning


Gundy and Liz Billing, Arch Hodgson, Mary Box


23 colour photographs of printing of book German Charlie: Man of the Mallee