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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 1751 - 1760) 1805 items
General purpose high vacuum triode. 0.55 amp directly heated cathode. These valves were manufactured for the German Armed Forces during World War 1. Very robust electrode structure. Man ...From: Würzburg, Germany Images: 1
Cabinet 6 is a custom built type rack with some carpentry work added on top to make a slope for a case to be placed on for ease of setting. The drawers in this case are odd drawers and ...Images: 4
Box used to store five paper tape programs in the CSIRAC paper tape library. Unless stated, the paper tapes were 12 hole. The box is labelled B111 and contained the following paper ta ...From: Parkville, Australia Images: 2
Remote cut-off pentode, widely used as an RF and IF amplifier in radio receivers between 1932 and 1935. Manufacturer: Raytheon Manufacturing Co., Cambridge, MA, USA. The brand 'Eveready ...From: Cambridge, United States Images: 1
Triode designed for use as a high frequency amplifier. 0.75 amp directly heated cathode. The V24 was designed by Captain Henry Round in 1916 and was initially made by Ediswan. From 191 ...Images: 1
High-mu triode intended for resistance coupled audio amplification (Class A). Manufacturer Raytheon. The valve was designed for use in car radios, it was expensive. Bulb is made of stee ...From: Newton, United States Images: 1
Triode designed for use as a high frequency amplifier. 0.75 amp directly heated cathode. The V24 was designed by Captain Henry Round in 1916 and was put into commercial production by t ...Images: 1
Box used to store four paper tape programs in the CSIRAC paper tape library. Unless stated, the paper tapes were 12 hole. The box is labelled B113 and contained the following paper ta ...From: Parkville, Australia Images: 2
The 239A was a war robust version of the 215A. It is housed in a larger bulb and filled with a standard American 4 pin base. It has a 1 volt directly heated cathode. The 239A was introd ...Images: 1