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ACS Canberra 50th Anniversary - reflect on the past and look forward to the future - part 2

Friday, 14 Aug 2015

The year is 1970 on our journey to celebrate Canberra Branch’s 50th anniversary. It was the year that the Canberra branch was visited by renowned international ICT professionals such as Robert Stanley "Bob" Barton, who is known for developing one of the first independent addressless systems and was a founder at Burroughs Corporation. The branch also consulted with A.S Douglas the president of the British Computer Society in 1974.


Mits Altair 8800 Computer x150 

First Portable Computer by Osborne 

First Portable Computer by Osborne x150 

Mits Altair 8800 Computer 

It was the era of Don Overheu who became Head of School of Computing Studies at the Canberra College of Advanced Education (CCAE) which was embarking on a major new development to teach degree level courses in computing. Canberra also received a presentation and paper by Grace Hopper on the development of COBOL, calling on her strong connection and years in the Navy in the creation of COBOL.

To celebrate the 50th year as the Canberra Computer Society, and the many achievements in the Canberra ICT industry over this period, the ACS Canberra Branch 2015 Conference will be held on the 9th September 2015. We are proud to announce that the keynote speakers for this event will be Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Australian Science Commentator and author, Stefan Hajkowicz from CSIRO Australia, and Chris Vein CEO of Dome Advisory Services.

To check out the up to date Conference program and register for this premier event register online now at

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