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Proceedings - 'Conference on Automatic Computing Machines, August 1951', CSIRO & University of Sydney, Australia, 1952 Document Reg. No: HT 21852

Summary:
These proceedings, published in April 1952, describe the Conference held from 7 to 9 August 1951 and organised by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. It was held in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Sydney.
A working but incomplete CSIRAC was demonstrated publicly for the first time at this Conference.
The document was donated by Jonathan Hirst who is the son of Frank Hirst. Frank organised the transportation of CSIRAC from Sydney to Melbourne and managed the Computational Laboratory in the University of Melbourne during CSIRAC's operational life there.

The ANCCAC was formed in 1959. ANCCAC organised further Australian Computer Conferences in 1963 in Melbourne - the 2nd, and in 1966 in Canberra - the 3rd. Various State-based associations of practitioners emerged during the first half of the 1960s. The Australian Computer Society was formed in 1966 through the federation of those associations.
Description:
A bound booklet, (249 by 200 by 20 mm), with a light brown cover, 220 pages, typewritten text on discoloured white paper and some black and white photographs and diagrams. The front cover shows text only, apart from an illegible pencil signature on the top right hand corner.
The contents include the Address of Welcome, the papers delivered in each of two sessions including discussion, a description of an exhibition of equipment and accompanying demonstrations, acknowledgments, bibliography and a list of registrations.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Jonathan Hirst, 2008
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 249 mm (Height), 200 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: computers, computing, csirac computer
Themes this item is part of: National & International Context of 1951 Computer Conference & its Consequences, The 1951 Conference Programme - A Summary, Summary of main discussions of the 1951 Computer Conference, History of CSIRAC - the first computer in Australia, 1949-1964, Information & Communication Collection, Frank Hirst, Computer Scientist & CSIRAC Specialist (circa 1930s-?), Trevor Pearcey, Computer Engineer & CSIRAC Specialist (1919-1998), Trevor Pearcey, 1919 - 1998: a brief biography, Trevor Pearcey & the First Australian Computer: A Lost Opportunity?, Trevor Pearcey & the First Australian Computer: A Lost Opportunity?
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: reference materials
Inscriptions: Printed, front cover: "PROCEEDINGS OF CONFERENCE ON AUTOMATIC COMPUTING MACHINES / held in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Sydney August 1951 / COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANIZATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY / MELBOURNE APRIL 1952". Extensive text within.
Organiser of Event: Australian Committee on Computation & Automatic Control (ANCCAC), Australia, 1951
Other Association (See Comments): Mr Terry Holden
Other Association (See Comments): Dr Trevor Pearcey
Other Association (See Comments): Dick Jennsen
Past Owner: Frank Hirst - University of Melbourne (The)
Past Owner: Mr Jonathan Hirst
References: McCann D. and Thorne P., 'The Last of the First', The University of Melbourne, Australia, 2000
Ed. By Bennet J., Broomham R., Murton P., Pearcey T., Rutledge R., Computing in Australia, Hale & Iremonger and ACS, New South Wales, 1994
[HT 13518.12] CSIRAC - Series 13 Published Papers and Reports, Published Papers and Reports (contains the following reference material:
* 1963 Pamphlet - Proposed Programme and Registration Form for the Australia Computer Conference, Melbourne 1963)
http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/SOS/AISHist.html (accessed 10 July 2008)

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