The Australian Computer Museum was set up with the intention to preserve and exhibit the artifacts of computing history in Australia, and with it, documentation, software, and peripherals - back to the beginning! One of our ongoing initiatives is to record the histories of people and organisations that pioneered, used and developed computing equipment and associated technologies.
We plan to educate Australians on the history of this technology, which today permeates every aspect of our daily lives - we will do this by means of online reference material and by producing articles and booklets for distribution, along with the public exhibition of representative artifacts. We also plan to initiate educational classes and skill-sharing societies to drive innovation and creative disruption/evolution.
Our Executive Team
John Deane graduated from Macquarie University in 1972. As a member of CSIRO he co-invented the world-changing Wi-fi technology. Today, there are more Wi-fi devices than people on the planet.
Born in Sydney in 1949, John Deane graduated from Macquarie University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts (Maths). From 1971 to 1974, he worked as at computer programer/analyst for Tooths.
He joined CSIRO Radiophysics in 1974 to support the Division’s computer (singular!). A series of low-level programing projects followed, including support for the Parkes 64 metre radio telescope control software, and the Epping 4 metre radio telescope. He developed the networked multi-computer control system for the Australia Telescope Bicentennial project and transferred to the Australia Telescope National Facility in 1988 where he worked until 1991.
From 1991, Mr Deane took over software development of the wireless networking testbed and contributed practical networking knowledge to the patent development. He contributed to international wireless networking conferences which resulted in an invitation from the IEEE to participate in their standardisation activities. This culminated in the IEEE 802.11 ‘WiFi’ local networking standard of 1999.
He worked with Macquarie University on a smart wireless network and provided computing and web support for a new ‘Smart Spaces’ group until 2003.
He has been President of the Australian Computer Museum Society since 2007.
He published seven books, including: A Picture History of Radiophysics and CSIRAC, Australia’s First Computer, three astronomy papers, ten networking papers and two patents: ‘Wireless LAN’ (Australia, Europe and USA) and ‘Wireless MAC’ (Australia).
First programming in binary, Anne Jones’ involvement in computers dates back to the 1950’s and spans both England and Australia. An industry pioneer in every way, we are glad to count Anne among our number.
With a career in technology dating back to the 1960’s, John Geremin brings a plethora of experiences and insights into the way technology has evolved through the 20th Century to now.
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Tennyson has worked as a professional storyteller for more than a decade. His interest in technology and history have converged in his work for the ACMS. Tennyson brings skills, insights and disciplines from an impressively diverse range of fields.”
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John Webster has more than 50 years’ IT experience, beginning with valve computer UTECOM at UNSW in 1960, continuing with IBM mainframes at UNSW, State and Commonwealth departments.
Plus outsourcers (also with AS/400 and Intel platforms). John as systems programmer / engineer was responsible for the successful installation and ongoing support of Operating Systems and over seventy IBM and third-party software products, including network control programs and Data Base / Data Communication software, plus the hardware configuration of processors and peripherals. John provided technical advice, documentation, ongoing training and desk consulting services to hundreds of users and staff whilst supporting operations 24-by-7.
Contributions to Museum Activities
John – shown left operating UNSW’s valve computer UTECOM in 1960 – will provide historical information and perspectives on computing during his fifty-plus years in the industry at diverse sites by talks and demonstrations utilising hardware items and documentation. The development of computing as a career and into an industry will be presented interleaved with the chronology of enabling technological innovations in hardware and software. John has produced many exhibits, hands-on activities and short talks for Open Days and seminars at Darling Harbour and UNSW.
John has been active in the ACMS since 1998, helping to collect and preserve equipment and artefacts from Australia’s computing past, and to prepare histories of these and of people who have worked in computing and allied industries.
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These individuals are assisting the ACMS to grow into a fully-fledged, publicly and privately funded museum with displays open to the public. We acknowledge them here for their gracious donation of their expertise, insight, and financial support.
David began his career as a computer technician and engineer in the 1970’s, before starting his own company in 1985. After 14 years of successful operations as a market leader in Australia and overseas, Integrand Solutions was sold in 1999 to Avnet Inc USA. Since then, David has provided consulting and project management to companies and individuals.
Joe Lemura graduated from UNSW in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science and Mathematics, Information Technology. Since then he has proven himself in the corporate arena, rising to the position of CIO for Price Waterhouse. Joe’s enthusiasm and passion for vintage technologies are unrivalled.
David Burraston, PhD is an artist/scientist involved in technology and electronic music since the late 1970’s. David was employed at British Telecom’s R&D Laboratory in diverse areas such as Artificial Life, Chaos and Complex Systems, Spatial Audio, Virtual Reality, and Data Visualisation. David has specialist knowledge of analogue and parallel computers, and many years of experience working with electronics.
Maurice was a partner in Word Express, a leading supplier of Wang Computers in the 1980’s.
Maurice has previously held presidential and secretarial positions for the ACRA, is a past secretary of a Rotary Club chapter, and is presently also the director for the Australia China New Business Association.
Information Security researcher Patrick Webster founded OSI Security in 2010. Well known in the global Information Security community and actively providing commercial penetration testing since 2001, Patrick has contributed to security projects such as Tenable Nessus, the Metasploit Framework and OSVDB (Open Source Vulnerability Database) and draws upon a broad experience of hands-on IT skills gained in IT operational and analytical roles for start ups and leading Australian security companies, government and law enforcement agencies.