Computer Museums and Artefacts
Last updated: 22 April 2021.
Robert C. Bell
Status: Added Nigel Williams link.
This page is an off-shoot of my Computing History pages, and attempts to build information about computing museums.
Wikipedia has a list of computer museums, sorted by country. There is also a list of online museums.
Wikipedia – List of computer museums
This has only 4 entries for Australia, only some of which are correct.
- The Australian Computer Museum Society, Inc, NSW
- The Nostalgia Box, Perth – Video Game Museum
- Powerhouse Museum – Has Computer Exhibit
- Monash Museum of Computing History, Monash University
Here are updated links:
Australian Computer Museum Society Inc
Wikipedia – Powerhouse Museum – now the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
Monash – Museum of computing history
Other Australian sites include:
HP Computer Museum, Melbourne Australia
ex Control Data Australia Employees
The Museums Victoria collection is here
Clytech division of Clyde Industries Limited – A Broad History & Gallery
Other sites holding artefacts of historical interest to the development of computing in Australia include:
Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA USA.
The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park UK.
– cobweb – maybe moved to the Living Computer Museum, Seattle, Washington
Seattle Living Computer Museum – https://livingcomputers.org/
Peter Hewston (ex-Csironet) has extensive holdings of early computing equipment – see CSIRONET News 162 – Dec 1981. I have seen photographs of the collection – stunning. Peter also provided a cache of documents about DCR/Csironet from Terry Holden.
John Morrissey (ex-Csironet) holds a module from the CSIRO DCR CDC Cyber 76.
Marco Cassetta (Ex-CSIRO IM&T) holds early personal computing examples.
Ron Kerpen (Ex-CSIRO Minerals, Clayton) has a collection of artefacts – see here.
Rob Bell’s collection is documented in the following Appendices from the CSIRO Computing History pages.
Nigel Williams has Tasmanian Computing History at retroComputingTasmania .
Appendix 5: References
Appendix 6: Resources
Appendix 7: CSIRO Computing Museum / Artefacts
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