||Technology in Australia 1788-1988
Table of Contents
I Part 1: Communications
III Part 2: Early Australian Computers And Computing
Part 1 could not have been compiled without the active support of Telecom, OTC(A) and a range of Telecommunications Companies including, but not limited to, STC, L. M. Ericsson, AWA, Austral Standard Cables & Olex. Information on the Australian satellite system was supplied by AUSSAT.
As one starting point, A. H. Freeman undertook a comprehensive review of the development of switching technology and strategies in Australia working through from the commencement of the telephone service last century to the late nineteen seventies. His quite extensive papers are now in Telecom records and have been extensively used as a source.
There were a number of contributions concerning Telecom Research Laboratories, but I am particularly indebted to H. S. Wragge, the present Director, and his immediate predecessor, E. Sandbach, who also provided valuable information on the development of the Radio Research Board.
J. Sinnott and L. Vaux were particularly important sources of information on transmission matters, while on international communications J. Phillips, G. Kennedy, K. Reid and P. Kerkin were most helpful. Many details relating to developments in broadcasting technology were supplied by L. Sebire.
Amongst the host of others who assisted were P. Wion, P. Higgins, L. Cunningham, E. Amerasekara, L. Derrick, L. Smith, J. Moynihan, J. Wilson and J. N. Almgren. Many of the illustrations from Telecom were supplied by L. Mahr while G. Todd researched library records for many of the references. The Victoria Museum kindly gave permission for the use of the message stick illustration, and Olex, STC and L. M. Ericsson provided valuable originals. The OTC illustration was arranged by P. Muir. E. R. Banks and E. A. George each read portions of the draft and made valuable suggestions. Finally, Mrs Phyllis Jolly undertook the word processor work, in the process interpreting a barely legible hand-writing and remaining philosophical when earlier drafts were largely abandoned in favour of more concise ones.
As much Australian Telecommunications Technology is based on overseas designs, many items of equipment are known by codes derived from other languages. Thus many have no simple English equivalent while some are hybrid, reflecting a degree of local design. Amongst the more important used in this chapter are:
Organisations in Australian Science at Work - International Federation for Information Processing (I.F.I.P)
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