Digital Australia: thanks to Barrie Hunter for providing this report.
ex-Digital community is alive and well “downunder.”
Max Burnet (firstname.lastname@example.org) hosts the annual
Computer Old-timers lunch
in Sydney in November:
Dear Computer Old-timer,
This has been sent to you as a computer old-timer, who has attended our
famous annual Sydney lunch in the past. This is an early advice so you
can make a diary note and perhaps combine it with other business in
The 20th annual Computer Old-timers lunch will be held at noon on Friday
15th November 2013.
Yes, all golden-oldies are invited to gather at The Little Snail
Restaurant, 50 Murray Street, Pyrmont, NSW.
If you used punched cards or paper tape in your career, you qualify. And
if you used 8" floppies you qualify too!!
Les Hayman, our guest speaker, was hired into DEC Australia by Max
Burnet almost 40 years ago. Over his career Les worked for DEC, Xerox,
Data General, Wang, Sun and SAP. Every time he managed to join each
company during its most prominent growth phase. As a result, he now
lives in a Chateau in the Bordeaux region of France. He is a prominent
speaker on the management of I.T. in Europe.
Once again you can enjoy a wallow in nostalgia, a welcoming drink and a
splendid 3 course meal for just $60. Cash bar available during lunch.
For more information or to confirm your attendance please send email to
Mick Duncan (email@example.com)
hosts an ex-Deccies lunch in Sydney each Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November) in Sydney. No bookings required - just turn
up on the day.
The genesis for Mick’s event is:
“I was having lunch with a few friends on the last day at Digital
and suggested that we get together once a year to keep in contact.
This developed into a full blown annual reunion, which became known
as the "Divorced Digits Reunion". Not that we needed to be divorced,
only that we had separated from Digital. We then expanded it to
include all current Digital/HP employees.
It is held on Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November) every
year at the Oaks Hotel, Neutral Bay, in Sydney. No bookings required
- just turn up on the day (possibly something poetic about having
the reunion on Thanksgiving Day, as I have never met anyone who ever
regretted working for Digital.)
Pat Molloy is always threatening to get over from Florida for the
next reunion – a bit of publicity in the Decconnection Newsletter
may help entice others to make the journey.”
Alan Williamson (firstname.lastname@example.org) hosts an ex-DECcies lunch
in Melbourne at times. Contact Alan for info.
And if you plan on visiting Australia or New Zealand, and or just
want to get in touch with an ex-Deccie the best person to contact is Max
Burnet (below, with Gordon Bell). He has a mailing list for about 330
people and is always prepared to attempt to locate others.