Guide to the Papers of Ronald Bannatyne Lewis


MS 7646

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 1989; updated 2002

Collection Summary

Ronald Bannatyne Lewis
Papers of Ronald Bannatyne Lewis
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 7646
2.1 metres (15 boxes)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record ( for the access conditions.

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Ronald Bannatyne Lewis, National Library of Australia, MS 7646, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was acquired by the National Library in 1986

A box of colour slides belonging to Lewis is held in the Pictures Collection.

Biographical Note

Ronald Bannatyne Lewis was born in Melbourne in 1898 and studied engineering at the University of Melbourne. He worked for the State Electricity Commission of Victoria from 1921-1926 and then for Hume Pipes, 1926-1941. From 1936-1930 he was branch manager for Hume Pipes in Singapore and Hong Kong. From 1942-1945 he was Chief Civil Engineer for the Allied Works Council, then became Director of Engineering for the Commonwealth Department of Works, 1945-1958. From 1958-1961 he was Deputy Director-General of the Works Department, then in January 1962 he became Director-General. During his tenure with the Department of Works he was closely involved with the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority. From 1959 to 1973 he arbitrated a number of disputes involving engineering firms. R.B. Lewis died in July 1985.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. General, 1917-1975

University notes on overhead transmission lines, 1917 (File) - Box 1

Steel towers to carry electricity to South Melbourne, notes and blueprints, 1921-1926 (File) - Box 1

Pocket notebook, Singapore and Hong Kong, 1926-1930 (File) - Box 1

Working notes, 1932-1937 (two index notebooks with insertions) (File) - Box 2

Correspondence, 1935-1937 (File) - Box 2

Ring binder of engineering notes and specifications, with inserts, mostly, 1942-1964 (File) - Box 2

24 pocket notebooks, 1941-1962 (File) - Box 2

Reinforced concrete poles, subject file, 1933-1949 (File) - Box 3

Oil storage, Sydney, 1942-1943; photographs, blueprints and reports (File) - Box 3

Captain Cook Dock, Sydney; photographs and blueprints, 1944 (File) - Box 3

Printed items, books, reports, 1925-1945 (File) - Box 3

Fire hydrant couplings, notes and correspondence, 1952-1975 (File) - Box 3

Papers re Department of Works films, 1953-1958 (File) - Box 3

Works review, 1955-1963, 1972-1973 (File) - Box 3

Various Department of Works administrative notes and papers, 1959-1964 (File) - Box 4

Papua and New Guinea works projects, 1962-1964 (File) - Box 4

Nauru works projects, 1963-1964 (File) - Box 4

Papers re River Murray Commission, 1961-1963 (File) - Box 4

Series 2. Snowy Mountains Scheme, 1943-1974

Notes reports, printed items, correspondence, clippings, leaflets, correspondence with David Wigmore, maps, plans, blueprints, photos, data;, 1943-1973 (File) - Box 5-8

Snowy Mountains Council Annual reports, 1964-1974, 1984; Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority Annual reports, 1956, 1964 (File) - Box 9

Typescript draft of paper on the evolution of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, 1971 (File) - Box 9

Series 3. Arbitration, 1959-1975

Notes, submissions, judgements, correspondence, etc.

Dept. of Works vs Clementson Pty Ltd, 1959 (File) - Box 10

Dept. of Works, conditions of contract, 1959-1961 (File) - Box 10

Master Builders Federation deputation, 1960-1964 (File) - Box 10

Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works, 1962-1965 (File) - Box 10

Dispute between Kaiser Engineers and Constructors Inc and the Snowy Mountains HEA, 1963-1968 (File) - Box 11

Kaiser Engineers dispute, 1963-1968 (File) - Box 12

Tullarmarine Airport project, 1963-1968 (File) - Box 12

Jennings Estates and Finance Ltd and others vs State Electricity Commission of Victoria, 1967-1969 (File) - Box 13

Ascam Pty Ltd vs SEC of Victoria, 1969 (File) - Box 13

PDC Constructions (New Guinea) vs Dept of Works, 1968-1969 (File) - Box 13

Leighton vs Housing Commission of Victoria, 1968-1971 (File) - Box 13

Leighton Contractors vs Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria, 1971 (File) - Box 14

Amalgamated Marketers Cold Storage Ltd vs E.W. Trauschke Pty Ltd, 1972-1973 (File) - Box 14

General notes on arbitration, 1968-1975 (File) - Box 14

Certificate of Fellowship, Institute of Arbitrators, 1971 (File) - Box 14

Series 4. Personal

Folder of personal photographs and photographs of various engineering projects (added 5 July 1988) (File) - Box 15

Typescript of family notes and notes on his father's friendship with Sir John Monash (added 5 July 1988) (File) - Box 15

Typescript of unfinished autobiography, 1981 (added 5 July 1988) (File) - Box 15

2 photographs of Mr and Mrs R.B. Lewis and children (added 30 July 2002) (File) - Box 15