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Letter - Frank Hirst to Trevor Pearcey, CSIRAC Computer Nameplate, 1982 Document Reg. No: HT 13524 2

Letter from Dr Frank Hirst to Trevor Pearcey that accompanied CSIRAC 'name plate' (HT 13506.11), two crystals (HT 13524.5) and unidentified library tapes (HT 13527 and HT 25271). (This 'name plate' was the first to be produced but was incorrect by the omission of the words 'and Industrial' and was replaced).Handwritten letter explaining difference between two metal plaques that were produced.

Name plate (plaque) prepared to be permanently attached to the machine by The University of Melbourne, Computation Laboratory upon its transfer from CSIRO and on display at the official handover ceremony. This name plate was the first to be produced but was incorrect by the omission of the words 'and Industrial' and was replaced.

Plate reads: "This machine named CSIRAC was constructed to the designs of T. Pearcey and M. Beard in the Radiophysics Laboratory of the Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization which has transferred it on loan to The University of Melbourne". The name plate is accompanied by a note from Frank Hirst to Trevor Pearcey, dated 21 October 1982. The note mentions that he had both plates made, and that the correct version would have still been on the machine when it left the University of Melbourne."
Fade foolscap letter with handwriting
Acquisition Information:
Donation from University of Melbourne (The) Computer Science & Software Engineering Department
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 210 mm (Width), 300 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: computing, csirac computer, first generation computers, mainframe computers, making history - csirac
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection, CSIRAC Collection, Archival Paper Tape Reading Project for CSIRAC 12 Hole Paper Tapes
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: paperwork & documentation
Inscriptions: Handwritten text including '21 Oct 1982'
User: University of Melbourne (The) Computation Laboratory, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1982
Collector: CSIRAC History Team, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1995 or later

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