Guide to the Papers of D.C.S. Sissons

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MS 3092, MS Acc09.106

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Creator
Sissons, D. C. S. (David Carlisle Stanley)
Title
Papers of David Sissons
Date Range
1950-2006
Collection Number
MS 3092, MS Acc09.106
Extent
9.03 metres (60 boxes + 1 file)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

Series 1 (3 boxes) of this collection comprises copies of Sisson's writings from his completed research. The remainder of the collection (57 boxes), comprises source materials accumulated in the course of various research ventures relating to Australian-Japanese relations. They include photocopies, correspondence and holograph notes.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for reference.

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Please note that material created by D. C. S. Sissons is partly permitted to be copied for research purposes (Boxes 1-4) and partly not permitted to be copied for research purposes (Boxes 5-60).

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of David Sissons, National Library of Australia, [class number, box number and series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

The papers were donated to the Library by David Sissons.

Arrangement

The collection arrangement and description was determined by David Sissons. In addition, papers originally held in the Manuscript Collection at MS 8230 were amalgamated into this collection by Sissons in June 2006.

Biographical Note

David Sissons was an historian in the Research School of Pacific Studies at the Australian National University (ANU) where his principal fields of research were the history of Australian-Japanese relations and the World War II War Crimes Trials.

Biographical / Historical

DateEvent
1950BA (Hons) University of Melbourne
1951-1955Tutor, International Relations; Research Officer, Australian Institute of International Affairs
1956Research Assistant to Professor W. Macmahon Ball, University of Melbourne
1956MA Political Science, University of Melbourne
1960Visiting Scholar and Visiting Lecturer, Far Eastern Institute, University of Washington
1961-1965Research Fellow, ANU, Canberra
1965-1990Fellow, ANU, Canberra
1991Following his retirement from the ANU, took up a three-year post to establish an Australian Studies Centre at the Hiroshima Shudo University, Japan
2006Died in Canberra on 17 October
DateEvent
1950BA (Hons) University of Melbourne
1951-1955Tutor, International Relations; Research Officer, Australian Institute of International Affairs
1956Research Assistant to Professor W. Macmahon Ball, University of Melbourne
1956MA Political Science, University of Melbourne
1960Visiting Scholar and Visiting Lecturer, Far Eastern Institute, University of Washington
1961-1965Research Fellow, ANU, Canberra
1965-1990Fellow, ANU, Canberra
1991Following his retirement from the ANU, took up a three-year post to establish an Australian Studies Centre at the Hiroshima Shudo University, Japan
2006Died in Canberra on 17 October

Item Descriptions

Class MS 3092. Original consignment

Series 1 (3 boxes) of MS 3092 comprises copies of Sissons' writings from his completed research. The remainder of the collection (57 boxes) consists of research files on such subjects as Australians in Japan; Australian trade and immigration policies towards Japan; Australian involvement in the Allied occupation of Japan, 1945-1950; Japanese prisoners of war in Australia; Second World War war crimes trials; and, Japanese espionage in Australia. The collection also includes material gathered for a biography of Professor James Murdoch, the first Australian professor of Japanese. In June 2006 Sissons incorporated his papers held at MS 8230 into this collection.

Contained in 60 boxes.

Series 1. Writings by Sissons, 1956-2006

This series comprises copies of writings by Sissons, which resulted from his completed research. Included are articles, conference papers, lectures and book chapters. They are grouped into sub-series by topic and listed by title.

Subseries 1-1. Defence
MA thesis: 'Attitudes to Japan and defence, 1890-1923 (3 vols), 1956 (File 1)
'Australian fears of Japan as a defence threat, 1895-1971', Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, 1972 (File 2)
Kamikaze Project, Australian War Memorial, 1997 (File 3)
'Japanese intentions towards Australia in 1942', Australian War Memorial, 1997 (File 4)
'The higher direction of a Multinational Expeditionary Force: the JCOSA-BCOF Experiment, 1945-47' (File 5)
Australian War Memorial's unique collection of the Records of the Allied Translator and Interpretor Section (ATIS) (File 5a)
'The Pacific Pact', Australian Outlook, Vol 6, pp20-26, 1952 (File 5b)
Subseries 1-2. Japan and Australia
'History of Australian-Japanese relations', Australian Heritage, 1971 (File 6)
An immigrant family: The Takasukas (File 7)
'Japanese', in J. Jupp (ed), The Australian people: encyclopaedia of the nation, its people and their origins, Sydney: Angus Robertson, pp635-37 (File 8)
Lectures: History of Australian-Japanese relations, delivered 1971-1973 (File 9)
'Karayuki-san: the Japanes prostitutes in Australia, 1887-1916', Historical Studies, Vol. 17, Nos. 68 and 69, 1977 (File 10)
'Japanese in the Northern Territory, 1884-1902', South Australiana, March 1977 (File 11)
'The Japanese in the the Australian pearling industry, Queensland Heritage, May 1979 (File 12)
'The Japanese in Australia, 1871-1946', ANZAAS Conference, Perth, 1973 (File 13)
'Japanese acrobatic troupes touring Australasia, 1867-1900', Australasian Drama Studies, No. 35, 1999 (File 14)
'The immigration question in Australian diplomatic relations with Japan, 1875-1919', ANZAAS Conference, Brisbane, 1971 (File 15)
'Australian-Japanese relations: the first phase, 1859-1891', 1978 (File 16)
'Early Australian contacts with Japan', Hemisphere, Vol. 16, No. 4, Apr 1972 (File 16a)
'Episodes', 1979 (File 17)
'Immigration in Australian-Japanese relations', Japan and Australia in the seventies, Sydney: Angus Robertson, pp 193-210, 1972 (File 18)
'Australian contacts with Japan in the nineteenth century', Symposium: 'Towards a new vision', Jul 1997 (File 19)
'Japan and the Australian wool industry, 1868-1936' (unpublished), 1978 (File 20)
'James Murdoch (1856-1921): historian, teacher and much else besides, Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan, 4th series, Vol. 2, 1987 (File 21)
'Manchester-v-Japan: the imperial background of the Australian Trade Diversion Dispute with Japan, 1936, Australian Outlook, Vol. 30, No. 3, Dec 1976 (File 22)
'Private diplomacy in the 1936 Trade Dispute with Japan, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 27, No. 2, 1981 (File 23)
'The Australian-Japanese Trade Negotiations, 1935-36: the negotiators, their objectives and their administrative environments' (unpublished), 1975 (File 23a)
Subseries 1-3. Australian War Crimes Trials
'The Australian War Crimes Trials and Investigations, 1942-1951', 2006 (File 24)
Australian Archives Guide 9: World War II War Crimes Trials (not proceeded with), 2000 (File 25)
'Japanese war criminals charged under the War Crimes Act 1945 by Australian military authorities', edited by D.C.S. Sissons (File 26)
'Sources on Austalian investigations into Japanese war crimes in the Pacific', Journal of the Australian War Memorial, Issue 30, Apr 1997 (File 27)
'The Australian War Crime Trials', Sydney Morning Herald, 16 Aug 1985 (File 28)
'Encyclopaedia of war crimes in modern history', 2002 (File 29)
'Observations on the trial of Lt. Gen. Nishimura (Parit Sulong Massacre)', by D.C.S. Sissons (unpublished), 1997 (File 30)
'War Crime Trials' in Australian Encyclopaedia, Sydney: Grolier, 4th ed, 1982 (File 30a)
English-language typescript draft and Japanese-language edition of 'The co-prosperity sphere as seen from Australia: offences against the civilian inhabitants in Japanese-occupied Territory...' (File 30b)
Subseries 1-4. Break-out of Japanese POW at Cowra, 1944
Sundry articles and lectures by D.C.S Sissons (File 31)
Subseries 1-5. Foreign ships in Japanese waters in Bakumatsu period
'The voyage of the Cyprus mutineers...', 2006 (File 32)
The Lady Rowena and the Eamont, 1997 (File 33)
Subseries 6. Signals intelligence in World War II
'The Special Intelligence Section at Army Headquarters, Melbourne, 1942-1946: its origins and history', 2006 (File 34)
'More on Pearl Harbour' [Rushbridger's Pearl Harbour thesis], Intelligence and National Security, Vol. 9, No. 2, Apr 1994 (File 34a)
Subseries 1-7. Australia in world affairs
'Australia and Japan, 1961-65' in G. Greenwood N. Harper (ed.), Australia in World Affairs 1961-65, Melbourne: Australian Institute of International Affairs, pp377-396, 1968 (File 35)
'Japan' in W.J. Hudson (ed.), Australia in World Affairs 1971-75, Sydney: Australian Institute of International Affairs, pp231-270, 416-420, 1980 (File 36)
Subseries 1-8. Japanese Government and Politics, 1945-1968
Articles (File 37)

'The dispute over Japan's Police Law', Pacific Affairs, Vol. 32, No. 1 (March 1959), pp34-35

'Recent developments in Japan's Socialist Movement', Far Eastern Survey, March & June 1960, pp40-47, 89-92

'The Pacifist Clause of the Japanese Constitution: legal and political problems of rearmament', International Affairs, Vol. 37, No. 1 (January 1961), pp45-59

J.M. Maki (ed), Court and constitution in Japan: selected Supreme Court Decisions, 1948-60, Seattle, University of Washington, 1964, items 5-6, 12-15, 24, 26 (File 38)
'Human Rights under the Japanese Constitution ', Papers on modern Japan 1965, pp50-69 (File 39)
'Dissolution of the Japanese Lower House', Papers on modern Japan 1968, pp91-137 (File 40)

Series 2. Japanese foreign policy and public opinion, 1914-1922

Two boxes

Series 3. Trade Diversion Dispute, 1935-1936

Six boxes

Series 4. The Takasukas - an immigrant family

One box

Series 5. Japanese prostitutes in Australia

One box

Series 6. Professor James Murdoch(1856-1921)

Three boxes

Series 7. Cowra break-out

One box

Series 8. Special Intelligence Section at Army Headquarters, Melbourne, 1942-1946

One box

Series 9. Queensland's entry into the 1894 Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Commerce

One box

Series 10. Australian War Crimes Trials, 1945-1951

The large group of files in this series contain papers relating to Sissons' research into Australian War Crimes Trials. The files are arranged alphabetically, by file title.

Australian War Crimes Section (box 20)

Adachi-Ambon (box 21)

Ambon (box 22)

Ambon - Bismark Sea (box 23)

Borneo (box 24)

Burma-Siam Railway (box 25)

Bougainville (box 26)

'C' (box 27)

'C' - 'E' (box 28)

Finding aids and inventories (box 29)

'G' - Laha (box 30)

Manus - Miscellaneous (box 31)

Morotai Trials - 'P' (box 32)

Rabaul Trials (box 33)

Reconnaissance parties - Wewak Trials (box 34)

Series 11. Webb Inquiries into War Crimes

One box

Series 12. Sir William Webb and International Military Tribunal for the Far East

Two boxes

Series 13. Australian fears of Japan as a defence threat, 1895-1971

Includes papers relating to Australia in Japanese military plans (1941-1942).

One box

Series 14. Japanese language and linguists in Australia

Includes papers relating to the Allied Translator and Interpreter Section .

One box

Series 15. Japanese in Queensland

Includes papers relating to Thursday Island

Six boxes

Series 16. Japanese in Western Australia

Two boxes

Series 17. Japanese in South Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales

One box

Series 18. Japanese and Immigration Restriction Act

Includes papers relating to admission, deportation, alien registration, censuses etc.

Three boxes

Series 19. Foreign ships in Japanese waters in the Bakumatsu period

Two boxes

Series 20. Japanese-Australian Pearling and Law of the Sea Negotiations, 1951-1962

One box

Series 21. Australians in Japan

One box

Series 22. Japanese in Australia - Japanese sources

One box

Series 23. Japanese in Australia - photographs

One box

Series 24. Japanese in Australia - internees

One box

Series 25. Japanese residents in Victoria

One box

Series 26. Japanese residents in New Guinea

One box

Series 27. Japanese in Australia - war brides

One box

Class MS Acc09_106. Consignment added 2009

The Acc09.106 instalment comprises three audio cassettes containing a lecture delivered by Sissons during a seminar on "A-J [Australia-Japan] relations" at Monash University on 11 October 1997; and, a coverless booklet with annotations by Sissons on the "Tokyo trial" of 1946-1948 by Solis Horwitz [1950].

Contained in 1 file.

Container List

Series Subseries File Box
1 1.1 1-5a 1
1 1.2 6-7 1
1 1.2 8-23a 2
1 1.3 24-30b 3
1 1.4 31 3
1 1.5 32-33 3
1 1.6 34-34a 3
1 1.7 35-36 3
1 1.8 37-40 4
2 4-5
3 6-11
4 12
5 13
6 14-16
7 17
8 18
9 19
10 20-34
11 35
12 35-37
13 38-39
14 39
15 40-45
16 46-47
17 48
18 49-51
19 52-53
20 54
21 55
22 56-57
23 58
24 59
25 60
26 60
27 60

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