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Box with 5-Hole Paper Tapes - CSIRAC Computer, Interprogram, 1959-1964 Reg. No: HT 25271
- Cardboard box containing three 5 hole paper tapes.
Obtained from Dr Frank Hirst by Ron Bowles on 26/4/2000.
These paper tapes are part of a collection of paper tape programs and sub-routines used for input to CSIRAC.
The collection includes the original University of Melbourne Computation Laboratory Paper Tape Library of 12 hole tapes of subroutines and programs, and program and data tapes from staff and outside users. Most of the paper tapes were 12-track punched paper tapes. 5 hole paper tapes were used primarily for data input and output rather than program input. However, 5 hole program tapes could be produced by using Interprogram, an English language programming system rather than using machine language.
- Thick, brown, rectangular cardboard box. Three 5 hole paper tapes inside box.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from University of Melbourne (The) Computer Science & Software Engineering Department
|Dimensions:||60 mm (Height), 200 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||computing, csirac computer, first generation computers, mainframe computers, making history - csirac|
|Themes this item is part of:||CSIRAC - a woman programmer's view, Resurrecting a CSIRAC program using an emulator, CSIRAC Paper Tape Library Collection, Information & Communication Collection, CSIRAC Collection, Frank Hirst, Computer Scientist & CSIRAC Specialist (circa 1930s-?), Ron Bowles, Computer Engineer & CSIRAC Specialist (?-2004)|
|Primary Classification:||COMPUTING & CALCULATING|
|Secondary Classification:||Digital Computing|
|Inscriptions:||Text, handwritten, label on box lid: Received from/FRANK HIRST/INTERPROGRAM/26-4-OO/R. Bowles.|
|Creator:||Frank Hirst - University of Melbourne (The), Parkville, Victoria, Australia, 1959-1964
Frank Hirst was the author of the 5-hole Interprogam developed for CSIRAC, which was based on Geoff Hill's programming system.
|User:||University of Melbourne (The), Parkville, Victoria, Australia, 1959-1964|
|Other Association (See Comments):||Geoff Hill - The University of Melbourne Computation Laboratory, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, 1959-1964
Geoff Hill was the creator of the Interprogram English Language programming system on which Frank Hirst based the 5-hole Interprogam used by CSIRAC. Thus, Frank Hirst is attributed as the creator of this program and not Geoff Hill.
|Collector:||Mr Ron Bowles, Glenhuntly, Victoria, Australia, 2000|
This item is part of the following themes:
- CSIRAC - a woman programmer's view
- Resurrecting a CSIRAC program using an emulator
- CSIRAC Paper Tape Library Collection
- Information & Communication Collection
- CSIRAC Collection
- Frank Hirst, Computer Scientist & CSIRAC Specialist (circa 1930s-?)
- Ron Bowles, Computer Engineer & CSIRAC Specialist (?-2004)