National Library of Australia
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.
The collection is available for reference.
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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).
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]'.
The papers were donated to the Library by David Sissons.
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.
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.
|1950||BA (Hons) University of Melbourne|
|1951-1955||Tutor, International Relations; Research Officer, Australian Institute of International Affairs|
|1956||Research Assistant to Professor W. Macmahon Ball, University of Melbourne|
|1956||MA Political Science, University of Melbourne|
|1960||Visiting Scholar and Visiting Lecturer, Far Eastern Institute, University of Washington|
|1961-1965||Research Fellow, ANU, Canberra|
|1965-1990||Fellow, ANU, Canberra|
|1991||Following his retirement from the ANU, took up a three-year post to establish an Australian Studies Centre at the Hiroshima Shudo University, Japan|
|2006||Died in Canberra on 17 October|
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.
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.
'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
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)
Includes papers relating to Australia in Japanese military plans (1941-1942).
Includes papers relating to the Allied Translator and Interpreter Section .
Includes papers relating to Thursday Island
Includes papers relating to admission, deportation, alien registration, censuses etc.
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 .
Contained in 1 file.