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ACS Heritage Project: Chapter 10

Monday, 27 Feb 2017

IA

Before the ACS, there were five computer societies.

Preamble

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) was formed 50 years ago, when the various state computer societies joined forces.

To mark the occasion, the ACS has initiated a heritage project to honour the many individuals who have contributed to the growth of the ICT profession in Australia.

At the heart of the project is a history of computing in Australia. It is not just a history of the ACS, but the history of a profession.

Australia has the longest computing history of any country, excepting the US and the UK, and CSIRAC in the Museum of Victoria is the oldest computer still in existence.

Previously published:

Chapter 1 -The start of Australia’s computing history

Chapter 2: The first Australian Computer Conference

Chapter 3: Harry Messel and the birth of SILLIAC

Chapter 4: John Bennett

Chapter 5: SILLIAC and the Snowy Mountains Scheme

Chapter 6: UTECOM

Chapter 7: WREDAC

Chapter 8: Australia’s Computer Industry in 1962

Chapter 9: Australian made, Australian designed

Chapter 10: Five computer societies

The Australian Computer Society formed in 1966 with the amalgamation of the existing state computer societies. It was to be a difficult path, with interstate rivalries and slow communications making discussions difficult.

This week we look at the early state-based computer societies. Next week we will see how they came to gather to form the ACS.

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