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“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.”

Steve Jobs

“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)

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The ACMS is a not-for-profit charity supported through our members, volunteers, and private and corporate donations. These have enabled us to collate, restore, and preserve equipment. The ACMS is a covid safe venue.

Our passionate members have significant experience in computing and its history. We love to share this passion and our unique stories and heritage items with others. We concentrate particularly on the history of computing in Australia, and on the collection of machines made or assembled in Australia or of particular importance to the development of the industry in this country. 

We invite you to join the society to enjoy, preserve and restore items. All financial donations are tax deductible. Even If you are unable to assist financially, we are always looking for support in any way you may be able. All assistance is greatly appreciated.

 

Are you a 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 old stuff.

Join us! We encourage anyone to engage with us in our quest to document and provide a full picture of the history of computing in Australia.

From the early days of valve machines, to the minicomputers of the 1970s, to the bedroom revolution of home PCs, to the Internet revolution —the history of computers and computing is a rich, fascinating and compelling tale.

Help us tell this story by joining or making an ongoing contribution.

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The featured individuals are recognised for their major contributions to the organisation financially or in a means recognised by the organisation. Please note, this listing is currently being reasearched and developed. Please reach out to the Vice President to nominate any individual or organisation.

David Hayman

David began his career as a computer technician and engineer in the 1970’s, before starting his own company in 1985.
David began his career as a computer technician and engineer in the 1970’s, before starting his own company in 1985. After 14 years of successful operations as a market leader in Australia and overseas, Integrand Solutions was sold in 1999 to Avnet Inc USA. Since then, David has provided consulting and project management to companies and individuals.
     

John Webster

John Webster has more than 50 years IT experience, beginning with valve computer UTECOM at UNSW in 1960, continuing with IBM mainframes at UNSW, State and Commonwealth departments.
John Webster has more than 50 years’ IT experience, beginning with valve computer UTECOM at UNSW in 1960, continuing with IBM mainframes at UNSW, State and Commonwealth departments. Plus outsourcers (also with AS/400 and Intel platforms). John as systems programmer / engineer was responsible for the successful installation and ongoing support of Operating Systems and over seventy IBM and third-party software products, including network control programs and Data Base / Data Communication software, plus the hardware configuration of processors and peripherals. John provided technical advice, documentation, ongoing training and desk consulting services to hundreds of users and staff whilst supporting operations 24-by-7. Contributions to Museum Activities John – shown left operating UNSW’s valve computer UTECOM in 1960 – will provide historical information and perspectives on computing during his fifty-plus years in the industry at diverse sites by talks and demonstrations utilising hardware items and documentation. The development of computing as a career and into an industry will be presented interleaved with the chronology of enabling technological innovations in hardware and software. John has produced many exhibits, hands-on activities and short talks for Open Days and seminars at Darling Harbour and UNSW. John has been active in the ACMS since 1998, helping to collect and preserve equipment and artefacts from Australia’s computing past, and to prepare histories of these and of people who have worked in computing and allied industries.

Dave Burraston

David Burraston, PhD is an artist/scientist involved in technology and electronic music since the late 1970’s. David was employed at British Telecom’s R&D Laboratory in diverse areas such as Artificial Life, Chaos and Complex Systems, Spatial Audio, Virtual Reality, and Data Visualisation.
David Burraston, PhD is an artist/scientist involved in technology and electronic music since the late 1970’s. David was employed at British Telecom’s R&D Laboratory in diverse areas such as Artificial Life, Chaos and Complex Systems, Spatial Audio, Virtual Reality, and Data Visualisation. David has specialist knowledge of analogue and parallel computers, and many years of experience working with electronics.

Anne Jones

 First programming in binary, Anne Jones' inovlvement in computers dates back to the 1950's. An industry pioneer in every way, we are glad to count Anne among our number.    
 First programming in binary, Anne Jones' inovlvement in computers dates back to the 1950's. An industry pioneer in every way, we are glad to count Anne among our number.    

John Geremin

John was instrumental in founding the ACMS in 1994 and served in many executive positions. He is regarded as something of a father figure. He has a passionate interest in and a profound knowledge of historical computing equipment, particularly from Digital Equipment Corporation. For many years his car number plate was PDP-11.
John was instrumental in founding the ACMS in 1994 and served in many executive positions. He is regarded as something of a father figure. He has a passionate interest in and a profound knowledge of historical computing equipment, particularly from Digital Equipment Corporation. For many years his car number plate was PDP-11.

Bulletins

We lose a lot in life and love without ever even knowing
We lose the little things between the coming and the going
And before we even know it we find the end is coming
We live, we die, we laugh, we love – we try to make it something.
– From the Poem ‘Lost and Found’ by Graeme Philipson

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and colleague, Graeme Philipson, has passed away after a tragic accident. Graeme was the founding and current president of the ACMS and Australia’s most prolific Computer Historian. The ACMS is determined to continue his legacy and establish a library of computing history in his name.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Click here to Support fund raising for the establishment of the Graeme Philipson Library

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