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Photograph - CSIRAC Computer, Memory Cabinet and Mercury Delay Lines, Sydney, 23 May, 1952 Image Reg. No: MM 90899 74

Summary:
This is one of a series of photographic material in print, negative and/or digital formats covering CSIRAC machine and the people associated with it. The series was acquired from the University of Melbourne in 2003.
Description Of Content:
CSIR Mk 1 memory cabinet with mercury delay lines on stand in foreground, Sydney, 23 May, 1952.. In Sydney, the mercury delay lines were not temperature controlled and the frequency control relied only on the feedback system. Introducing temperature control, after the move to Melbourne, made the system more reliable. This photograph of CSIR Mk1 in Sydney shows the delay lines mounted in front of the memory cabinet and without a temperature controlled box.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from University of Melbourne (The) Computer Science & Software Engineering Department
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: computing, csirac computer, first generation computers, mainframe computers, making history - csirac
Themes this item is part of: Reginald Ryan - Interview, 8 April 1999, Computing Departments at the University of Melbourne, a brief history 1956-1996, CSIRAC's Clock - a description, 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: archival materials
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Collector: CSIRAC History Team, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1995 or later

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