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K1431 Microcomputer, 'Microbee', 16KROM with power supply unit, manual and brochures (7), plastic / metal / electrical components / paper, Applied Technology Pty Ltd, Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1980. Click to enlarge.

'Microbee' microcomputer with accessories made by Applied Technology

Made
Microcomputer, 'Microbee', 16KROM with power supply unit, manual and brochures (7), plastic / metal / electrical components / paper, Applied Technology Pty Ltd, Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1980

Microcomputer, comprising the keyboard unit with 16K ROM, power suppy pack, manual and seven original advertising brochures.

The keyboard is a long, flat, rectangular unit, black moulded plastic housing with a standard QWERTY alphanumeric keyboard, the keys are in black and grey plastic. …

Summary

Object No.

K1431

Object Statement

Microcomputer, 'Microbee', 16KROM with power supply unit, manual and brochures (7), plastic / metal / electrical components / paper, Applied Technology Pty Ltd, Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1980

Physical Description

Microcomputer, 'Microbee', 16KROM with power supply unit, manual and brochures (7), plastic / metal / electrical components / paper, Applied Technology Pty Ltd, Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1980

Microcomputer, comprising the keyboard unit with 16K ROM, power suppy pack, manual and seven original advertising brochures.

The keyboard is a long, flat, rectangular unit, black moulded plastic housing with a standard QWERTY alphanumeric keyboard, the keys are in black and grey plastic. At the back of the unit is a series of multi pin jacks for the power supply unit, cassette, visual display unit or monitor, printer and/or modem.There is a hole in the casing through which the circuit boards can be seen.

The power supply unit is a heavy, black plastic box, rectangular, with a metal plaque on the top surface printed with manufacturer's details (see marks in part record). There are power leads coming from both ends of the unit: at the bottom a black domestic power cord; at the top a grey cable that separates into four leads with a round multi-pin plug and three single-pin plugs in grey, red and blue.

Instruction manual for assembly and use of the Microbee.

Original promotion brochure for the Microbee microcomputer.

The Microbee was the first mass-produced microcomputer built in Australia and was sold in kit form.

Marks

see part records

Dimensions

Height

45 mm

Width

340 mm

Depth

235 mm

Production

Made

Notes

This computer was manufactured in Australia by Applied Technologies Pty Ltd in Hornsby NSW. The power supply unit was manufactured in Hong Kong. The "Microbee" was originally sold in kit form.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Hill, Owen J, 1984

Acquisition Date

9 December 1984

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Microbee' microcomputer with accessories made by Applied Technology 2023, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 9 February 2023, <https://ma.as/261134>

Wikipedia

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