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Plaque - CSIRAC Computer, Establishment in Melbourne, 1956 Object Reg. No: HT 13506 11

Summary:
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.
Description:
Rectangular metal plaque with holes in each corner. Engraved text in upper case , with border framing text.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from University of Melbourne (The) Computer Science & Software Engineering Department
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 79 mm (Height), 178 mm (Width)

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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, 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, 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: plaques
Inscriptions: Engraved: "THIS MACHINE NAMED / C S I R A C / WAS CONSTRUCTED TO THE DESIGNS OF / T. PEARCEY AND M. BEARD / IN THE RADIOPHYSICS LABORATORY OF THE / COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND RESEARCH ORGANIZATION [sic] / WHICH HAS TRANSFERRED IT ON LOAN TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE"
Commissioned By: Frank Hirst - University of Melbourne (The), 1956
Person Named: Dr Trevor Pearcey
Person Named: Mr Maston Beard

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