Item 3 - Interview with Mr Dietrich Borchardt

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Interview with Mr Dietrich Borchardt


  • c1978-1983 (Creation)

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Born in Hanover, Germany, to Jewish parents, Borchardt escaped Nazism via Italy and emigrated to New Zealand. There he studied at Victoria University, Wellington, and graduated with a BA in 1944 and an MA in 1947. He gained a library diploma from the New Zealand Library School.
He was Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Otago Library in 1949 to 1950. He was appointed as deputy librarian (1950–52) and then chief librarian (1953–1965) at the University of Tasmania. He also tutored in modern languages at that university.
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Interview with Mr Dietrich Borchardt , deputy librarian (1950–52) and then chief librarian (1953–1965) , UTAS. This recording forms part of a collection of interviews with UTAS staff, former staff and alumni students. The interviews were conducted by Mrs Hilary Webster, John Roberts and others as part of the University of Tasmania Centenary Committee Oral History Project chaired by Prof. Michael Roe, School of History 1978 - 1983

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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• University of Tasmania Library 1889-1959 /D.H. Borchardt MM Rare Z675.U5.B6 from Australian Library Journal Vol. 9 No. 4, Oct. 1960

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HE July2019




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