CSIRAC display in California

by Kate C
Publish date
3 February 2011
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In 2008, senior curator David Demant gave a talk about CSIRAC at the Computer History Museum in California's Silicon Valley. CSIRAC is the only surviving first-generation computer in the world, and is a key item in MV's Information and Communication Collection.

Following David's visit, two CSIRAC items were borrowed by the Computer History Museum for their new exhibition Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing. The objects - a replica paper tape that holds a CSIRAC program and an amplifier from CSIRAC's memory - feature in a section called 'The Birth of the Computer' beside the 1953 computer JOHNIAC.

Display case containting CSIRAC amplifier and paper tape Display case containing CSIRAC amplifier and paper tape at the Computer History Museum.
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JOHNIAC display JOHNIAC on display in the exhibition Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.
Source: Computer History Museum

It's great to see an Australian-built computer - and the fourth computer ever built - represented in this important timeline of computing history.


CSIRAC: Australia's First Computer

What's On: CSIRAC

Computer History Museum

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