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Corporate entry Australian Defence Scientific Service (ADSS) (1949 - 1974)

Department of Supply and Development

Defence Industries


Australian Defence Scientific Service (ADSS) was established in the late 1940s. ADSS initially consisted of the Long Range Weapons Establishment and the Munitions Supply Laboratories. As a result of Defence restructuring the in 1974 the Australian Defence Scientific Service is integrated into the newly formed Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO).

Published resources


  • Cain, Frank, Arming the Nation: a History of Defence Science and Technology in Australia, Australian Defence Studies Centre, Canberra, 1999, 152 (160) pp. Details
  • Donovan, Peter F., Anticipating tomorrow's Defence Needs: a century of Australian Defence Science, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Canberra, 2007, 216 pp. Details
  • Wisdom, John, A History of Defence Science in Australia, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Melbourne, 1995, 267 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Farrands, J. L. and Wisdom, J. C., 'Defence Science and Technology', in R. T. Madigan (ed.), Technology in Australia 1788-1988: A Condensed History of Australian Technological Innovation and Adaptation During the First Two Hundred Years, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Melbourne, 1988. Details

Journal Articles

  • Sinnott, D. H., 'Defence Radar Development in Australia: 1939 to the Present', IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, vol. 20, no. 11, 2005, pp. 27-31. Details


  • Rae, Ian, review of Anticipating tomorrow's defence needs: a century of Aystralian defence science, Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 19, no. 2, 2008, pp. 226-8. Details
  • Sherratt, Tim, review of Cain, Frank, 'Arming he Nation: a History of Defence Science and Technology in Australia' (1999), Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 13, no. 4, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, 2001, pp. 538-539. Also available at Details

Online Resources

See also

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