Computing History

The Pearcey foundation is involved in many activities that aims to preserve our ICT history.

 

The Pearcey Foundation's computing history activities include:

  • Establishment of a Pearcey Museum
  • Updating the Pearcey related pages on Wikipedia
  • Contributing to SoftwareHistory.org
  • Being the custodian of the IDG Pearcey portrait
  • Working the Museum of Victoria on maintaining the CSIRAC display
  • Providing a repository for Australian ICT heritage, capabilities and heroes


Computing History

Dec 27, 2021

Historical Papers

This section contains a collection of papers and notes about Australian ICT history.

Dec 23, 2021

CSIRAC - Among the First Electronic Stored Program Computers

In historical terms, CSIR Mk1/CSIRAC was one of the first stored program, electronic, computers.

Prior to 1948 various electromechanical machines (non-electronic computers) were built in USA and Germany. Early electronic, but not stored program machines, were ENIAC (USA) and numerous Colossuses (Colossi?) at Bletchley Park (UK).

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Nov 29, 2021

Early Australian Internet

In 1986, a year after the Internet domain name system was deployed, Australia's.au country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) came into being at the approval of the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute (performing IANA's function at the time).

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Nov 29, 2020

Connections in the History of Australian Computing

This paper gives an overview of early Australian computing milestones up to about 1970 and demonstrates a mesh of influences. Wartime radar, initially from Britain, provided basic experience for many computing engineers. This is an excellent perspective on how Australia influenced the development of the digital computer as we know it today.

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Sep 30, 2020

The History and Future of Wi-Fi: from Radiata to Morse Micro to Beyond!

Pearcey Conversations online seminar 30 September 2020 covered a retrospective from three key figures behind Radiata, the Australian startup that commercialized the Wifi chip conceived at the CSIRO Radiophysics in Sydney in the early 1990s.

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May 27, 2020

Australia’s first computer conference

In August 1951, a conference was held at Sydney University’s Department of Electrical Engineering. It was the first computer conference ever held in Australia and only the ninth computer conference anywhere in the world.

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