After starting the day with coffee, we headed off the Melbourne Museum on foot through the mean streets of Melbourne suburbs.
It took a bit of effort to find CSIRAC since Melbourne Museum had moved it out of the main area to a separate public area.
Sadly the Cray Supercomputer and Mainframe mentioned on their website are not available for public display :-( So I spent a couple hours looking around their general exhibits at the museum, which are quite interesting.
There’s a very large geology section with just about every imaginable rock type, if you’re a geology geek you’d probably have a lot of fun.
The pyscology and Melbourne history sections are also very interesting and it would be easy to spend a lot of time there.
After the museum, we headed off to the Monash University’s Museum of Computing History, a very impressive range of machines from early prototype era through to mainframes and through to the early microprocesser generation.
I took a lot of photos, here’s a few specific ones, but there’s a lot more to the collection:
That’s some of the pics, I’ll upload others when I have more time one day – huge thank you to Monash university for putting this display together so professionally and making it open to the public, really made my day. :-)
Kind of a shame that the Melbourne Museum’s publicly assessable “Technology Collection” only consisted of CSIRAC, when there is so much more amazing technology they have in their collection.
After Monash, I headed back into the city for coffee before heading out to the airport on the skybus for my return to Wellington NZ – had a great time in Melbourne and many thanks to @MissNickiBee for the personal tour. :-)