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-Kate Williams(British Historian)

“The modern museum has multiple purposes – to curate and
preserve, to research, and to reach out to the public.They
challenge us and ask us to question our assumptions…”

-Kate Williams(British Historian)

“The modern museum has multiple purposes – to curate and
preserve, to research, and to reach out to the public.They
challenge us and ask us to question our assumptions…”

-Kate Williams(British Historian)

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Attention all ACMS Inc members and supporters –? May 18th

The family of John Deane has advised?that John passed away last Thursday, May 14th.??


John’s daughter Helen has provided this statement:?

My father John Deane passed?away on the morning of Thursday 14th May peacefully in his own bed holding my Mum’s hand. Dad had been having some trouble with his memory and health for some time, but in his usual fashion, kept it to himself until he wasn’t able to anymore. A year ago he was formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, although we and the doctor suspected he had been covering it up for some time. This is testimony?to his mental strength and dignity of character. In recent weeks his health had deteriorated rapidly, but he never lost his sense of humour and insisted he was just a bit tired. He was an accomplished scientist, but more than that he was a gracious, gentle and kind hearted man.?

In these strange times, funerals are limited to small numbers meaning that not everyone that wants to see off this fine man will be able to. In lieu of this, if anyone would like to share stories of his life or offer condolences, please feel welcome to contact me. It would be of great comfort to the family.


Helen kindly added this, for the ACMS: I know how committed?he was to the ACMS cause and I am only sorry that he never got to see it come to fruition.??


I (John Webster) have offered our condolences to the?Deane family in their?loss of John, and added:

It is unfortunate that John’s illness meant that we were unable to visit him.?

I am sure he’d have enjoyed meeting our recent ACMS newcomers, many of whom knew of his career, especially his WiFi?involvement?at CSIRO,?about his involvement in the ACMS and the contributions he made, especially while President for many years, and financially too.? They wished they could meet him.

John contributed to and authored many articles of computer history. Max Burnet, Bob Moran, Graeme Philipson and Matthew Connell were some who praised his knowledge and writings and asked after him.


Helen Deane spoke with me this morning: John’s funeral will take place later this week. The pandemic effect will limit funeral attendance, but also the CSIRO is apparently well to the fore, and the funeral will be recorded (video, I believe). No doubt there will be a rerun of WiFi development history broadcast soon.


During the bushfire epidemic, and then the pandemic, and even before those – during the time we were preparing to retrieve JFD’s collection – I asked members to funnel contact with the Deane’s through me.

Helen Deane is willing to accept phone calls now, though I’d suggest leaving unimportant matters until after this week. She mentions “condolences, and stories of his life” above – her mobile is 0438-871-077.?

After a reasonable break, we shall need to retrieve the final portions of John’s collection at Blackheath.


Feel free to contact me about these matters (preferably before midnight!)

John Webster? ? ACMS Hon.Sec.? ? ? ? ? 02 9743-4279? ? 0434-196-897??

Our motto: ctrl-alt-preserve

ACMS President Jennifer Seberry. Professor and Former Head, Department of Computer Science. Foundation Professor and formerly Director, Centre for Computer Security Research, University of Wollongong.

Since 1994, it has been the dream of the ACMS to open a dedicated computer museum to the public – something which every other developed country already has.

In 2018, the ACMS has seen an influx of new members and revitalised energy – our new staff will not tire, nor will they surcease in their efforts until Australia has a dedicated computer museum.

In the early days of computing, Australia was a world leader – the third country in the world to design and build a functional computer. Can’t we now, in our trillion-dollar economy, support a computing heritage museum to preserve the artifacts and history of this marvellous technology which we helped pioneer?

Our members have been working tirelessly for many decades to save and preserve the invaluable historic computers and associated documentation, software, peripherals, photos, manuals, magnetic media already in our collection.

We are seeking Government support, and private and corporate donations, to open our museum to the public in a suitable building. Our passionate volunteers of long experience in computing will be in attendance to assist visitors.

Retro computing enthusiasts will be welcome to participate in the operation of the museum and encouraged to engage in the quest for a full complement of the history of computing in Australia.

From the early days of valve machines, to the mini-computers of the 70’s, to the bedroom revolution of home PC’s – the history of computers is a rich, fascinating and compelling tale.

Help us tell this story by joining or making an ongoing contribution.
Give Australia something to be genuinely proud about again.


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IBM 1401(1959)

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APPLE II (1977)

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Episode 4 of Autocode is out.

player.whooshkaa.com/episode?id=674807The official podcast for the Australian Computer Museum Society (ACMS). Graeme Philipson - Aussie IT before 1960

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Digitizing the ACMS historical books and paper documents

We are forming a project team whose primary focus is to digitise our vast document storage.

We would like to hear from people who can help join our new project to digitise our current large amount of historical books, manuals and paper

The project team will be required to develop a plan and a vision for the final digitized product and execute to completion a digitised product that can be shared for everyone to access

If you wish to join this project team please PM and we will be in touch

Thanks to all

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