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Computer keyboard that was used with the Geoscience Australia computer known as "Annie".

2004.0070.0001.003

Computer keyboard that was used with the Geoscience Australia computer known as "Annie".

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Physical description

A keyboard that was used with the Geoscience Australia computer that is known as "Annie". It has a spiral cord attached to it. The central letter and number keys are cream coloured whilst the rest of the keys are grey.

Statement of significance

The Geoscience Australia collection comprises a Sun 2 computer system, plus associated manuals. The system, nicknamed 'Annie', was installed in the Bureau of Mineral Resources' seismological centre in Canberra in 1984. It played a key role in the Bureau's nuclear explosion monitoring program until being decommissioned in 2002.

As the nation's largest geological survey the Bureau of Mineral Resources (now Geoscience Australia) has extensively mapped and interpreted the geology of Australia, provided geoscientific data and monitored geohazards. In 1984, as part of Australia's contribution to the control of the spread of nuclear weapons, the Bureau established a facility to detect and identify underground nuclear explosions

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