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Information & Communication Collection
Image: Grid of lights on CSIRAC
Source: Museum Victoria
Soon after its creation in 1870, the Industrial & Technological Museum began to conduct classes in telegraphy, to train young men and women for jobs in the rapidly expanding industry. Ever since, the presentation of contemporary and historical examples of communication technologies has been a priority of the museum.
Close relationships with government agencies, universities and local industries have resulted in the development of a collection that reflects many of the major changes in information and communication technology throughout the 20th century.
With key items such as the CSIRAC computer and Alexander Graham Bell's experimental telephone, this collection is of both national and international significance. It includes items of phonography, television, computing, radio, telephony, telegraphy, electronics, photography and cinematography.
- CSIRAC (1949-64): the first automatic electronic stored-program computer in Australia and one of the first in the world. It is the only first-generation computer still in existence.
- Mainframe computers, including IBM CDC3200 (1960s), Cray Supercomputer X-MP (early 1980s).
- Microcomputers and microprocessor chips, from the 1970s to present.
- Noughts and Crosses machine: an early example of an interactive display using diodes, relays and uniselectors.
- Early calculating devices, from Napier's rods to arithmometers and totalisators.
- Domestic communication technologies: telephones, phonographs, radios, televisions, including items of considerable historic interest, including one of the first Edison phonographs in Australia.
- Pioneering items in the history of radio in Australia: Jenvey Coherer (1901), Max Howden receiver, Flying Doctor equipment, ABC station 3LO's Studio 303 (1939-86).
- 19th century telegraphic equipment and early telephonic equipment, including Alexander Graham Bell's experimental telephone equipment (1876), early Melbourne telephone exchange switchboard.
- Baird Mirror Television (1937), probably the first cathode-ray tube television in the Southern Hemisphere; experimental spinning disc television relics developed by Gil Miles in the 1920s.
- Fawkner Press, used to print the first newspaper in Victoria in 1838.
- Printing presses from the Victorian Government Printer, mid-19th century to the 1960s.
- Paris Universal Exposition, 1867, Reports of the United States Commissioners, Examination of the Telegraphic Apparatus and the Processes in Telegraphy by Samuel Morse. The title page carries the underlined handwritten inscription 'With the author's compliments', presumably in Morse's handwriting.
- Comprehensive set of technical and office items and images collected from the Melbourne Radio Coastal Station, (opened 1912, closed 2003), including an audio copy of the last official morse code radio transmission in Australia, sent 1 February 1999.
Items per page: 10 50 (showing 11 - 20) 1339 items
Rectangular booklet with 49 doubled sided printed pages stapled inside printed card covers. It was written and published in Melbourne in 1958 by prolific instructional book author Keit ...Images: 3
Master Drawing List and 32 sheets of drawings (electrical diagrams, flow diagrams, layouts) related to components of the PDP-8 Central Processor. The drawings were issued 18 January 19 ...Images: 2
Master Drawing List, Parts Lists, Layout Assembly diagrams, electrical diagrams and copied photographic images related to the PC01 Reader and Punch, part of a PDP-8 computer system. Th ...Images: 2
Master Drawing List and 25 sheets of drawings (electrical diagrams, flow diagrams, layouts) related to components of the PDP-8 Memory. The drawings were issued 29 November 1967. The P ...Images: 2
Master Drawing List, parts list, engineering specifications, test procedure and electrical diagrams for a DEC type AD08 A analog to digital converter, which is an input/output device us ...Images: 1
Master Drawing List, Parts List, layout diagrams and electrical diagrams for a DEC type 34D oscilloscope display unit, used with a PDP-8 computer. The drawings were issued 5 August 1968 ...Images: 2
Master Drawing List, Parts List, layout diagrams and electrical diagrams for a DEC type 750C perforated tape reader, used with a PDP-8 computer. The drawings were issued 21 August 1968. ...Images: 2
Folio of reference schematic drawings (electrical diagrams, flow diagrams, wiring diagrams, layouts) for the Intel "Intellec 8 MOD 80" microcomputer.Images: 9
Typewritten Program Check List for a PDP-8 minicomputer, from DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation), dated August 16, 1967. The PDP-8 is a minicomputer manufactured by Digital Equipment ...Images: 7
Photocopy of a Reference Chart that details phone operating procedures, issued by Telecom Australia. It was collected from the Melbourne Coastal Radio Station after it was closed in Jul ...Images: 1