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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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(Extract from Sydney Morning Herald - 14 June 2010)
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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:
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Chapters of the IBM Quarter Century Club are not
entities of IBM Corporation, IBM Australia Limited, IBM Global Services
Australia Limited nor of any other affiliated IBM company. They are autonomous
social clubs formed, operated and financed by Chapter members entirely for
their own purposes.