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The significance of CSIRAC, 1949 - 1964

Cartoon of CSIRAC and Trevor Pearcey

Image: Cartoon of CSIRAC and Trevor Pearcey

Source: Museum Victoria

CSIRAC was the first stored memory digital electronic computer in Australia and the fourth in the world.

Its significance comes from its pioneering contribution to software development and computer training; and its computation of scientific, industrial and business problems in Australia. In addition, CSIRAC is now the only remaining and intact first generation computer in the world, as a result its components, peripheral equipment and Archive are today unique artefacts from this early period of computing.

The comprehensive nature of the Museum's collection of CSIRAC artefacts enhances the story of how CSIRAC operated, and provides important display objects that enable the public to access the themes surrounding CSIRAC.

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