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Slide - CSIRAC Computer, Trevor Pearcey, 1980-1992 Image Reg. No: MM 068474

Trevor Pearcey, designer of the CSIRAC computer, with a 12-hole paper-tape hand punch that was used with CSIRAC. He is standing in the exhibition area at Caulfield Institute of Technology where CSIRAC was displayed from 1980 until 1992, and where Pearcey, who pioneered computing in Australia, held a variety of academic positions in computing. [Caulfield Institute of Technology became Chisholm Institute of Technology in 1982 and Monash University Caulfield Campus in 1990].

CSIRAC, originally known as CSIR Mark 1, was built by the Commonwealth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research [CSIR], Sydney, in 1949 and was the fourth computer in the world. It was later transferred to the University of Melbourne. Designed by Trevor Pearcey and engineered by Maston Beard, CSIRAC completed more than 1000 projects by the time it was turned off in 1964. It is currently housed at Museum Victoria.

This is one of a set of 35mm slides showing computers, computer components, computer structure diagrams and computer programmimg instructions, probably used as aids in teaching computing subjects. The diagrams and instructions relate to several pioneer models and systems of stored program computers dating back as far as the 1950s and including CSIRAC, Cirrus, Atlas, IBM System/360, CDC 6600 System, and Illiac IV.
35mm colour slide
Description Of Content:
Trevor Pearcey, designer of the CSIRAC Mark 1 Computer, with a 12-hole paper-tape hand punch that was used with CSIRAC.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Steve & Connie Kormas, 2001
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 50 mm (Width), 50 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: computers, computer engineering, computer programming, computer software, computing, csirac computer, exhibitions, making history - csirac
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, CSIRAC Collection, 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: staff
People Depicted: TREVOR PEARCEY
Format: Slide: Colour; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Caulfield, Victoria, Australia, 1980-1992
Creator: Dr Trevor Pearcey, Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia, 1980-1992

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