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Last updated 15 Aug 2016

Welcome to the home of the Australian Chapters of the IBM Quarter Century Club.  We celebrated our 40th year on 5th May 2006 and IBM's Centenary on 16th June 2011.

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Frank Bourke

Frank passed away in March this year, aged 92. He maintained IBM business machines at ammunition works in Queensland and NSW during World War II, but only formally joined IBM in Melbourne in 1946.  There was only a small team of IBMers in Melbourne at that time and Frank and some others began a custom of Christmas parties and social get-togethers for IBMers and their families.  He worked in a number of areas of IBM, including Customer Engineering, where he rose to State manager.  He also worked in Office Supplies Sales and he was inducted into thirteen 100% Clubs for achieving annual sales targets.

Frank retired from IBM at the age of 60, after 37 years of service.  His time at IBM was a great source of pride to him.

Frank’s son Rodney, sent us some photos related to the early days of IBM. The 3rd item is of particular interest, a letter from Thomas J Watson, congratulating Frank and his wife Gwen on the birth of their son Rodney. Amazing... just shows how big and impersonal IBM has grown.  There is probably an IBM historian somewhere, who would be very interested in the letter.  The ‘Golf ball’ tie pin and cuff links are a blast from the past also. Rodney said one of Frank’s Grandchildren wore the Golf ball Cuff Links at Frank's Funeral.

Congratulations David Pearson

Administrator's Medal, June 2014 and inaugural Northern Territory Award, October 2014

David Pearson has recently been recognised for his work with the Government House Foundation of the Northern Territory and presented with The Administrator's Medal by the Northern Territory Administrator, Her Honour The Honourable Sally Thomas AC. (The Administrator is the equivalent of the Governor in the state jurisdictions.)

David, a member of the Sydney Chapter, moved to Darwin in 1992 and has been involved with the Foundation for 13 years, serving as Chairman and committee member until he recently retired. He became only the second person to receive this award and is justly proud and very moved by the honour. He tells us that he and the Administrator have been friends for many years and was overwhelmed to receive it from her.

David was also recognised for his many acts of service to the community in an award by the Northern Territory government.

The photo above is of David being presented with his award by Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AC Administrator of the Northern Territory and The Honourable Peter Styles MLA Minster for Seniors. Both are very close friends of his and he is holding the award and certificate of citation. The citation reads:

"David has provided over 40,000 hours of voluntary service to the community and he hasn’t stopped yet.
David came to Darwin in 1992 from Sydney with his wife MarieLouise and twin sons Shaun and Stephen.
David is very community minded being involved in:

  • Donating 100 full blood donations receiving an award from the Red Cross for his generosity.

  • Committee and Chairman of Government House Foundation of the Northern Territory for 13 years for which he has recently been awarded the Administrators Medal

  • NT Seniors member running the Seniors Race Day for over 7 years.

  • Regular assistant at the Chung Wah Society helping visitors and tourists to understand our Chinese Heritage.

  • Volunteered with Community Radio for 12 years as a sports broadcaster at TOPFM.

  • Rotary member for over 20 years.

  • Public Officer for Beat the Heat.

Nominated by Hon Kon Vatskalis MLA"

Its been an amazing year for David and his family with many awards. On 3rd Oct 2014 at a black tie dinner (very rare in Darwin - they are too casual for that) hosted by Rotary he was awarded a beautiful engraved crystal wine decanter for his contribution to Rotary. 

Mike Ward - Major Milestone

On 19th February, 2013, Mike Ward Celebrated his 50th Anniversary with IBM.

This a significant event, and breaks many Records. I am sure you join me in congratulating Mike for this amazing achievement.

Jenny Anderson

April 2013

IBM at 100

There comes a time when every enterprise must ask itself: What difference have we made? What impact have we had on the world? What have we changed?

In 2011, IBM reflects on 100 years of innovation, bold risks and transformative breakthroughs. We celebrate the big wins—and the mistakes we've overcome. We renew our purpose, unite in our legacy and define our aspirations for the future.

Welcome to IBM at 100.   More, including:

  • a message from Sam Palmisano
  • The invention of Service Science
  • A celebration of Service
  • Films "They were there" and "100x100"
  • The book "Making the world a better place"
  • The ideas that shaped a century
  • Memorabilia

New IBM A/NZ Alumni

IBM has just launched a new alumni program for current and former IBMers in Australia and New Zealand.

It's part of the existing global Greater IBM Connection ( network, so you can be in the global group but also stay connected locally. As a member, you will get the latest local news, be able to participate in face-to-face events and discussion forums, gain business insights, get Lenovo discounts and learn about job opportunities here and abroad.

All you need to do is register
for the global site - it only takes a few minutes.
Once you've registered (or if you're already a global member), join Greater IBM – A/NZ  (
Just go to the "Groups" menu on the top of the screen and scroll down the list for the A/NZ Group. Once you are in there, click on “join”.

There’s also a new A/NZ LinkedIn Group ( you can join in addition to the Greater IBM – A/NZ program.

25 June 2010

John Harvey receives Order of Australia in 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours list

Congratulations to John Harvey on being appointed an Officer (AO) in the General Division for distinguished service to the information technology industry, particularly through developing partnerships with government and educational institutions, and to the community.
(Extract from Sydney Morning Herald - 14 June 2010)

18 June 2010

Graham Cormack celebrates 40 years

Graham Cormack celebrated his 40th anniversary on 9 Feb 2010 - not wedding or birthday - but anniversary of starting work at IBM in 1970. He is still working full-time at IBM Cumberland Forest. 40 years in IBM is a major achievement.
Congratulations Graham.

Feb 2010

IBM Mainframes - 45 Years of Evolution

Jim Elliott, Consulting Sales Specialist - System z, IBM Canada, has produced a fascinating account of the evolution of IBM Mainframes over the years. It resides on his web site as a pdf document which you can download here.

To quote his summary:

  • From System/360 in 1964 to today’s System z and zSeries, we have seen an evolution that has preserved customer investments in a unique way
  • From OS/360 to MVS to OS/390 to z/OS, we have seen an evolution of the operating system that is core to most corporate IT environments
  • From DOS/360 to VSE/ESA to z/VSE, we have seen this operating system thrive meeting the needs in smaller environments
  • From CP/67 as a research project and VM/370 as a migration tool, VM has evolved to today’s z/VM as the core of IBM’s zSeries virtualization technology
  • And now with Linux on System z, we have a truly open operating environment

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What's New

15 Aug 2016
It is with the deepest regret that we record the death of
Henry Strasburger
on 6th April 2016
See Vale list.

13 Aug 2016
Added a lunch on
Thursday 8th Dec 2016 at Seaside Cafe, Kincumber to
NSW Calendar.
Recommend you book as soon as details are announced as places are limited.

3 Aug 2016
It is with the deepest regret that we record the death of
Earl Knowles who died in April 2016.
See Vale list.

29 July 2016
Updated NSW calendar with details of the
dinner at Il Bolognese on Tuesday 9th August.
Please book by
Friday 6th August.

12 July 2016
Updated NSW calendar with with an invitation for you to express your intention to attend the QCC weekend away at Mollymook.
Please reply no later than 27th July to ensure that you don't miss out.

30 June 2016
It is with the deepest regret that we record the death of
George Baxter
on May 8, 2016.
See Vale list.


29 June 2016
Updated NSW Calendar with details and invitation to the Christmas in July on July 15.
Please book by July 12.

21 June 2016
It is with the deepest regret that we record the death of
Stewart Henry Goodman
on 18th June.
See Vale list.

His memorial service will be held at
The Boulevard,
121 Studley Park Road, Kew on Monday
27th June at 2:00pm

21 Apr 2016
It is with the deepest regret that we record the death of
Norm Orange.
Perth QCC.
See Vale list.


13 Apr 2016
Updated Victorian Chapter calendar adding details of Mid Year Lunch, AGM and Annual Dinner.

13 Apr 2016
It is with the deepest regret that we record the death of
Ken Hoskin.
See Vale list.

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