Early Computing

These early computing machines may be unfamiliar to the students of today, however were the cornerstone of processing data at the University until technological growth in the 1950s and 60s.

CSIRAC computer, University of Melbourne, circa 1958, 2017.0071.00157.
CSIRAC computer, University of Melbourne, c. 1958, Reference no. 2017.0071.00157

Many collections held at the University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) document the development of computing in the twentieth century. The radical economic and social change afforded by the computer revolution can be discovered within business, organisational and university-related historical material.

The Early Computing subject guide gives an overview of the material held at UMA, including CSIRAC (the first digitally stored memory computer in Australia) at the University of Melbourne, technical difficulties experienced by early adopters of computing technology, women in early computing, and early calculation and computation machines.

There are a number of other subject guides available that provide information on a range of subjects relating to collections held at the University of Melbourne Archives.

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