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Proceedings - 'Australian Computer Conference Group B', Melbourne, Australia, 1963 Document Reg. No: HT 21856

This booklet is one of three booklets published by The Australian Committee on Computation and Automatic Control (ANCCAC), which organised the Automatic Computer Conference in Melbourne between 26 February and 1 March 1963.
This booklet describes the Section of the conference (Group B) devoted to Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Operational Research.
There is no general description of the conference in the booklet. There were three concurrent sessions labelled Groups A, B and C. Group A was devoted to Commercial Data Processing and Group C to Analogue Computers, Machine design, Advanced Programming and Special Scientific Applications.
One of the contributors to the Group B session was Dick Jensen, who prepared weather forecasts using CSIRAC.
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.
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.
A bound booklet, (247 by 165 by 15 mm), with a light red cover, about 200 pages, typewritten text on slightly discoloured white paper and one or two black and white photographs and many diagrams. The front cover shows text only. There is no pagination; articles are numbered B2 to B24.
The contents list 23 papers and biographies of contributors.
Statement Of Significance:
These Conference Proceedings are an integral part of Australian computing history. They contain contributions from some of the major players in the early development of computing. In particular, the 1951 Proceedings describe the first conference to be held in Australia on computing and the conference must be counted as one of the earliest conference internationally. It is significant that such a conference was held in Australia so early in the era of modern computing.

The 1963 Proceedings provide an insight into how both the technology and the thinking of the participants had changed since 1951. This applies particularly to Pearcey, who was responsible for much of the design of CSIR Mk 1 (later CSIRAC).
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Jonathan Hirst, 2008
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 247 mm (Height), 164 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: computers, computing, csirac computer
Themes this item is part of: 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
Organiser of Event: Australian Committee on Computation & Automatic Control (ANCCAC), Australia, 1963
Author: Dick Jennsen
Author: Dr Trevor Pearcey
Author: Mr Terry Holden
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) (accessed 10 July 2008)

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