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2007/49/1 Dulmont Magnum laptop computer and accessories, plastic / metal / glass / electronic components, designed and made by Dulmont Electronic Systems Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1985. Click to enlarge.

Dulmont Magnum laptop computer

Made
The Dulmont Magnum laptop computer is an example of a particular style of early laptop (being similar to the HP 110 and the Sharp PC-5000) but it is also one of the very few Australian PCs ever marketed. It is definitely the first and only Australian produced laptop personal computer.

The Dulmont Magnum had some market place success in Australia (especially in Canberra where is appears to have been recommended for Government departments) and achieved some success overseas, where it was sometimes marketed as the Kookaburra.

The donor explained when asked why he and his wife had chosen the Dulmont Magnum 'it was very advanced, it was Australian and it was launched by Barry Jones'.

This Dulmont Magnum has a 16 line LCD screen (earlier versions had 8 lines) and comes with a Disk Expansion Kit.

Damian McDonald
April 2007

Summary

Object No.

2007/49/1

Object Statement

Dulmont Magnum laptop computer and accessories, plastic / metal / glass / electronic components, designed and made by Dulmont Electronic Systems Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1985

Physical Description

Dulmont Magnum laptop computer and accessories, plastic / metal / glass / electronic components, designed and made by Dulmont Electronic Systems Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1985

The Dulmont Magnum laptop computer consists of a dark green rectangular plastic case. Two release buttons on either side allow the hinged top of the case to be lifted revealing the standard QWERTY keyboard and function keys within the body of the case and an LCD screen in the lid section which is lifted. The company name DULMONT is embossed in the top of the case. On the underside is a plate with the name of the company (Dulmont Electronic Systems Pty Ltd), model number (DM 256) and serial number (10037). At the back of the machine are a number of connector ports (1x60 pin, 2x 15 pin, 1 RCA and 1 DC power connector). The laptop contains a rechargeable Ni-Cad battery. The machine also comes with two ROM packs, one called MagWriter and the other Magnum Basic and two covers for the ROM packs.

Marks

The company name 'DULMONT' is embossed in the top of the case.

Dimensions

Height

195 mm

Width

325 mm

Depth

360 mm

Production

Notes

Designed and manufactured by Dulmont in Australia - released onto the market in 1984.

History

Notes

This Dulmont Magnum was used by the donor to write her doctoral thesis.

In the June 1985 issue of 'Just Computers, the Dulmont Magnum retailed for $2995 for a 96K model, or $4100 for a 256K model.

The Magnum is a PC compatible system featuring an Intel 80186 processor, 96 KB of RAM, a 16 line LCD screen. The ROM holds software including word processor, spreadsheet, telecommunications, file management and appointment programs. Additional ROM software can be added via two 128 KB Cartridge slots. This machine has two ROM packs in place, one called MagWriter and the other Magnum Basic.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mr Richard Dale and Dr Josephine David-Dale, 2007

Acquisition Date

17 April 2007

Cite this Object

Harvard

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Wikipedia

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