Before the ACS, there were five computer societies.
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.
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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