On January 26, 2014 Australian Computer Society (ACS) President Brenda Aynsley OAM and ACS Fellow Peter Murton OAM were awarded Medals of the Order of Australia in the General Division on the 2014 Australia Day Honours list.
A member since 1989, Ms Aynsley was recognised for her service to the information and communications technology sector. She was a founding member of the South Australian Internet Association, Chair of the SA Committee of the Pearcy Foundation from 2006-2012 and opened South Australia’s first internet café in 1995.
In 2013, Ms Aynsley was elected as the first female President of the ACS and in 2008 was awarded honorary life membership of the organisation.
“Brenda’s contribution to the development of ICT in South Australia and throughout the country has been extraordinary. This recognition is a fitting acknowledgement of her passion, determination and skill in developing the emerging profession of ICT. Her commitment to promoting the Australian ICT profession through overseas forums has seen her act as a representative of her country on many occasions, and I have no doubt she will continue to drive the profession forward.” said ACS CEO Alan Patterson.
Mr Murton has been recognised for both his service to information technology and the community. In 1958 he introduced the first computer into commerce in Australia at the Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited. His service to the ACS has spanned over 50 years starting as a member in 1961, serving as Vice President in 1967, and then as President from 1968-1970. He remained a committee member from 1961 until 1992, and was awarded ACS Honorary Life Membership in 1977.
In addition to his work for the ICT sector, he has been heavily involved in the betterment of his community. He is a former Chair and committee member of the Drummond Street Relationship Centre, Honorary Secretary of the Littlewood Charities Club and established Light up the Cliff in the City of Frankston in 1996.
“Peter Murton is one of the founding fathers of ICT in Australia. His ongoing commitment to both technology and his community is something of which he can be justifiably proud. We are honoured to count him among our members, and hope that this recognition and his experience encourage others to follow in his footsteps.” Said Mr Patterson.
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