In pictures: 20 years of the Internet in Australia

Celebrate ingenuity in Australian ICT

  • Professor Ken McKinnon, Vice Chancellor at the University of Wollongong and the first chairman of the AARNet advisory board. Source: AARNet

  • CSIRONET was one of the earliest computer networks, established by Dr Trevor Pearcey in 1963. In 1976, the CSIRONET network mainly catered to the needs of CSIRO and scientists on campus who were engaged in research. It had connected more than 50 computers with more than 250 terminals around Australia. Source: CSIRO

  • Peter Elford and Geoff Hudson in the early years, 1990. Hudson and Elford were part of the Networkshop in Adelaide, where plans for AARNet were discussed. Geoff Huston, who is currently the Chief Scientist at the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), was AARNet’s first employee in March 1989. As its Network Technical Manager, Huston was responsible for building the Internet network that connected Australian universities – Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, University of Adelaide, University of Western Australia, University of Tasmania and Northern Territory University – between April and May 1990.

    Source: David Johns Photography/AARNet
  • AARNet signs memorandum of understanding with Telecom, which went on to establish the BigPond internet business under Telstra. By the mid-90s AARNet had about 300 members providing internet to about 600,000 customers throughout Australia and AVCC executive director, Frank Hambly, said "AARNet became too vast an undertaking. It was not our core business. We'd spawned a monster." Source: Universities of Australia

  • George McLaughlin, AARNet executive director from 1995-2002.

    Source: AARNet
  • 1998: New South Wales Regional Network Organisation network topology.

    Source: AARNet
  • 2001: The Victorian Regional Network topology.

    Source: AARNet
  • Ruth PeBenito and Anne-Maree Haynes, members of the Garvan team at the University of New South Wales, which is leading the world in prostate cancer research.

    Source: AARNet
  • The TEIN2 network gave Australian researches and teachers direct access to many major cities in Asia.

    Source: AARNet
  • The AARNet3 National Network was launched in 2006, giving Australian researchers high bandwidth without the previous worries about network access costs. AARNet had built more than 300 km of dark fibre connecting its customers to the nearest point of the network backbone.

    Source: AARNet
  • AARNet3 International Network

    Source: AARNet
  • The team from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), which in March 2009 conducted a real-time e-VLBI correlation in Perth from data transferred from radio telescopes located in NSW and Tasmania. From left to right: Greg Wickham, Tasso Tzioumis, Chris Phillips, Prof Brian Boyle, Brett Rosolen, Shaun Amy, Ivan Philips, Mike Groeneweg, Prof Steven Tingay, Guido Aben.

    Source: AARNet
  • AARNet senior management team

    Source: AARnet Pty Ltd
  • Author Glenda Korporaal and AARNet chief executive officer, Chris Hancock. The OptiPortal in the background displays high definition video and is a good example of the potential use of technology to collaborate and manipulate large amounts of data.

  • Book author, Glenda Korporaal

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