“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 ACMS is a not-for-profit charity and museum supported through rentals, members, volunteers, bequests and donations from private & corporate donors. These enable us to protect, restore, and preserve important technological artefacts of all kinds, particularly with a focus on Australian IT.
Our members and volunteers often have a passion of engineering, computing, communications, technology and/or its history, however everyone is welcome regardless of your background, age, personal circumstances or experience.
We love to share our collective passions and unique stories and heritage items with others. We concentrate particularly on the history of computing in Australia, and on the collection of devices and technologies that were intrinsic to the development of technology both domestically and abroad.
We invite you to join the ACMS to enjoy, preserve and restore items. All donations are tax deductible based on Australian Law. Even If you are unable to assist financially, we are always looking for support in any way you may be able, your time is precious and we appreciate it.
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.
January 2023 - The Apple LISA Celebrates 40 years!
The Apple LISA computer was one of the most important technological introductions in modern computing, heralding a wider availability and understanding of many modern technologoies we could not live without today. These include one of the first commercially successful pointing devices (The Mouse), the GUI (Graphical User Interface), The idea of the “Desktop”, the birth of Desktop Publishing (DTP), WYSIWYG production and so much more!
The event was a success with over 40 attendees. The ACMS Team would like to thank all that attended and the team who volunteered their time and equipment to put on a great show! THANK YOU!