Story: Public service

First public service computer, 1961

This clip from a 1961 newsreel describes the introduction of computerisation to New Zealand's public service. A room-sized IBM 650 computer was installed at the Treasury, mainly to process staff payrolls.

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Reference: Pictorial Parade 113. National Film Unit, 1961

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Richard Shaw, 'Public service - Reform, 1912 to 1962', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Richard Shaw, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 8 Mar 2021