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About Us

The Australian Computer Museum Society was established in 1994 to preserve and exhibit the artefacts of computing history in Australia. That means not only the computers, but also the documentation, software, and peripherals – back to the very beginning!

One of our significant ongoing initiatives is to record the histories of people and organisations that pioneered, used and developed computing equipment and associated technologies in Australia.

Our mission is to educate Australians about the history of information technology, which today permeates every aspect of our daily lives. We do this in a number of ways. We develop online reference materials and podcasts. We produce articles for magazines and websites. We write booklets and monographs. And we are working towards the public exhibition of representative artefacts.

There is much more to do. We plan to initiate educational classes for schools and interested members of the public. We are reaching out to like-minded individuals and organisations in Australia and internationally. We are building a catalogue and a virtual museum.

Recently ACMS has been rejuvenated with the influx of many passionate and talented individuals dedicated to the success of the organisation and its aims. We invite you to join us.

Our Executive Team

Graeme Philipson

President
Graeme Philipson is recognised as Australia's leading computer historian. For over thirty years he has been a leading journalist, market researcher, the analyst of the Australian and global computer industries. He is author of Australia's only general history of the local computer industry, A Vision Splendid, commission by the Australian Computer Society in 2016 to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Graeme Philipson is recognised as Australia's leading computer historian. For over thirty years he has been a leading journalist, market researcher, the analyst of the Australian and global computer industries. He is author of Australia's only general history of the local computer industry, A Vision Splendid, commission by the Australian Computer Society in 2016 to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Adrian Franulovich

Vice-President
The only thing BASIC about Adrian is his programming skills. Starting in IT and Management consulting at 14, Adrian is now one of the largest vintage Apple collectors globally and operates the most awarded Apple Service Provider chain in Australia.
The only thing BASIC about Adrian is his programming skills. Starting in IT and Management consulting at 14, Adrian is now one of the largest vintage Apple collectors globally and operates the most awarded Apple Service Provider chain in Australia.  
 

Joe Lemura

Treasurer
Joe Lemura graduated from UNSW in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science and Mathematics, Information Technology. Since then he has proven himself in the corporate arena, rising to the position of CIO of a large Asia based company. Joe’s enthusiasm and passion for vintage technologies are unrivalled.
Joe Lemura graduated from UNSW in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science and Mathematics, Information Technology. Since then he has proven himself in the corporate arena, rising to the position of CIO of a large Asia based company. Joe’s enthusiasm and passion for vintage technologies are unrivalled.

Riley Tipton Perry

Secretary
 Riley Perry started programming on a TRS-80 Model I Level II, and has been at it ever since. He is also passionate about music, science, skepticism (aka rationalism), and the history of computer games.
PhD (Computer Science), MSc (Computer Science), BIT (Software Engineering).
 Riley Perry started programming on a TRS-80 Model I Level II, and has been at it ever since. He is also passionate about music, science, skepticism (aka rationalism), and the history of computer games. PhD (Computer Science), MSc (Computer Science), BIT (Software Engineering).

The Committee

Sebastian Boell

 Sebastian Boell is interested in how ICT was used, how use changed over time and how this transformed organizations, users and the future trajectory of ICT. Sebastian is part of the Business and Labor History Group at the University of Sydney and has a PhD in Information Systems.    
 Sebastian Boell is interested in how ICT was used, how use changed over time and how this transformed organizations, users and the future trajectory of ICT. Sebastian is part of the Business and Labor History Group at the University of Sydney and has a PhD in Information Systems.    
     

Sean McNamara

A long time Apple enthusiast, Sean enjoys interacting with all retrocomputer communities. Host of WOzFest (one-day Apple ][-themed gatherings held throughout the year), he's keen to see increased interaction between retrocomputer communities and the ACMS.
A long time Apple enthusiast, Sean enjoys interacting with all retrocomputer communities. Host of WOzFest (one-day Apple ][-themed gatherings held throughout the year), he's keen to see increased interaction between retrocomputer communities and the ACMS.

Tasman France

Tasman is currently pursuing a degree in Mechatronic Engineering at UTS. He got into vintage computing after rescuing a working NEC 286 dumped during a Council cleanup, and has been passionate about machine restoration, the evolution of the x86 architecture and 8-bit computing ever since.
Tasman is currently pursuing a degree in Mechatronic Engineering at UTS. He got into vintage computing after rescuing a working NEC 286 dumped during a Council cleanup, and has been passionate about machine restoration, the evolution of the x86 architecture and 8-bit computing ever since.

Our Sub-Committees 

Our Patrons

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
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.