“We can only see a short distance ahead,
but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”
Alan Turing (computer scientist)
“The people who are crazy enough to think they
can change the world are the ones who do.”
“The modern museum has multiple purposes –
to curate and preserve, to research, and to reach out to the public.
They challenge us and ask us to question our assumptions…”
Kate Williams (British historian)
The Australian Computer Museum Society (ACMS) is a not-for-profit charity. It is supported through rentals, membership, volunteers, bequests and donations from private & corporate donors. We protect, restore, and preserve important technological artefacts, with a focus on Australian IT history.
Our members and volunteers come from all walks of life. Everyone is welcome regardless of your interest, background, age, gender, circumstances or experience.
We exist to share your collective passions, stories and heritage items with the community.
You can visit our workshop and our static display in CROYDON NSW. Details on how and when to visit the workshop, our events and displays click here.
We invite you to support the ACMS. Membership provides many benefits and all donations are tax deductible. Even If you are unable to assist financially, you can still help by volunteering your time or expertise.
Are you a vintage, antique or retro computing user or enthusiast?
Maybe you used a minicomputer. Maybe you used punch cards. Maybe you programmed in COBOL or assembled Microbees. Or maybe you are just interested in the history of computing and retro tech. Dive in and become a member, and/or share a story in our public forum.
From the early days of valve machines, to the minicomputers of the 1970s, to the bedroom revolution of home microcomputers (PCs) and the Internet revolution —the history of computers and computing is a rich, fascinating and compelling tale.
We have items from major brands such as Apple, Hewlett Packard (HP), IBM, Acer, Microsoft, Intel, NCR, Telecom Australia (Telstra), LG, Dell, Unisys, Hitachi, Sharp, Seiko and many more. We have an array of archeological artefacts from companies long gone or merged such a Burroughs, Rayovac, Facet, Compaq, DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) and of course the most important, a bevy of items from Australia’s rich computing heritage such as Netcomm, Banksia, Webster, Microbee, Disk Smith, SSG, Magnum and many, many more.
June 17th 2023 - Vale Max McKay Burnet
Max McKay Burnet (1941-2023)
The Australian Computer Museum would like to advise the passing of Max M. Burnet, a founder of the ACMS.
Max was a force in Australia computing having been the country manager for Digital Equipment Corporation Australia (DEC) He was the longest serving employee. He became de-facto curator of the DEC Museum which went on to be sold to his private BACK Museum (Burnet Antique Computer Knowhow) with a significant number of items donated to the ACMS.
He was a pioneer and all around loved individual.
Max had a firm belief in computers being living objects, explaining they are like a steam engine that needs to be kept running- a key driver behind our ethos to restore items to functional status for all to enjoy.
To all of his friends, colleagues, family and loved ones we wish our condolences.