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National Elliot 405 Computer
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Object statement
Computer hardware (11 units), National Elliot 405
  • This was the first computer used in a business setting in Australia.
  • The National Electronic and Integrated Data Processing Centre was opened with great fanfare on 25 February 1960 by the Hon William McMahon then Minister for Labour and National Service and later Prime Minister of Australia from 1971 to 1972.
  • In his opening speech Mr E R Potter, Managing Director of NCR, explained the many possibilities for application of a data processing centre. These included ¬?Best ways to cut up such widely divergent materials as carcasses, mill rolls of paper or building materials. He stated ¬?Anyone who attempted to cut and lay their own kitchen lino, particularly one with a pattern, will appreciate the value of accurate pre-calculation and optimisation in this field¬?.
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This computer was used originally by the National Cash Register Company's Electronic Data Processing Centre at 14 - 16 York Street, Sydney, Australia, which opened in February 1960. It is all valve operation and required 10kW of power and had air draught on all rack cabinets. The National Elliott 405 was later used by the CSIRO.

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Description
National Elliot 405 computer units: Ten units only of very large computer - being most interesting items - including input compiler, paper tape reader, online punch, online teleprinter, magnetic film output, main control desk etc, also 405 manual (SB). Computer Units; of National Elliott 405; ten units only of very large computer, including input compiler, paper tape reader, on-line punch, on- line teleprinter, magnetic film output, main control desk etc., and also 405 Manual (LC).

Owned: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation;
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Acquisition credit line
Gift of CSIRO National Standards Laboratory, 1974

This object record is currently incomplete. The information available may date back as far as 125 years. Other information may exist in a non-digital form. The Museum continues to update and add new research to collection records.
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{{cite web |url=http://from.ph/210779 |title=National Elliot 405 Computer |author=Powerhouse Museum |accessdate=2 March 2015 |publisher=Powerhouse Museum, Australia}}


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