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Manual - CSIRAC Computer, Programming, University of Melbourne, June 1958 Document Reg. No: HT 8210

Summary:
University of Melbourne Computation Laboratory Programming Manual for the Automatic Electronic Computer CSIRAC, June, 1958.

This manual and the manual (HT 8210) belonged to Bruce Robinson, an employee of the Post Master General's Department.. The manuals were provided by Judith Hearn (daughter of Bruce Robinson).
In 1960 Bruce became one of a team of six who were the first computer programmers for the PMG. He was trained on both CSIRAC and SILLIAC. Projects he was involved in at this time were:
1. An exploratory study into the introduction of computers into the PMG department
2. Telephone traffic measurement
3. Telephone account billing - implementation of trunk call billing, involving trunk line information between Melbourne and Sydney. This was the first commercial use of data communications in Australia.
Bruce Robinson (born 1921). When 15 years old, he began work for the PMG at Warragul Post Office as a Telegram Boy then a Postman. He served in WW 2 as a signalman in 3rd. Division Signals. After World War II he worked for the PMG in Melbourne becoming a Traffic Officer in the area of telecommunications. In 1960 he was selected to be trained in computer programming. He retired from Telecom in 1974 as a Senior Programmer. Bruce died in 1989 aged 68. At his funeral a PMG colleague stated that this team of six computer pioneers were ground breakers in this field.
This team of six PMG 'pioneering' computer programmers were: Alan Coulter, Bruce Robinson, Ray Buckingham, Nat Wheatley, David Sinnett and Bob McArthur.
Description:
Two ring, thick cardboard folder containing 52 foolscap pages of typed information including a title and end page. Each page has hole punch reinforcing stickers around their hole punches with visible sticky tape residue. The fodler is deep burgundy in colour on the outside and a lighter pink on the inside.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms. Judith Hearn, 2005
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 35 cm (Height), 25.3 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: computers, computing, csirac computer, making history - csirac
Themes this item is part of: CSIRAC - a woman programmer's view, Introduction to the CSIRAC Programming Manual, Jun 1958, Information & Communication Collection, CSIRAC Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: manuals
Inscriptions: Title page: UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE / COMPUTATION LABORATORY / PROGRAMMING / MANUAL / FOR THE AUTOMATIC ELECTRONIC COMPUTER / CSIRAC / THIS PRODUCTION BY THE STAFF OF THE COMPUTATIONAL LABORATORY IS BASE / UPON PAPERS BY T. PEARCEY AND G. W. HILL / JUNE, 1958
Printer & Publisher: University of Melbourne (The) Physics Department, Victoria, Australia, Jun 1958
Other Association (See Comments): Mr Bruce Robinson - Postmaster General, Victoria, Australia, 1936-1974

Bruce worked for the PMG Department and then Telecom.

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