A Very Short History of the NSW ANZIAM Branch: The Olden Days

Link to the main page about the NSW ANZIAM branch.

1974

Sydney area members of the Division of Applied Mathematics have formed a local branch of the Division and will meet approximately once a month during the academic year to hear talks on applications of mathematics in various fields. The October talk by Professor J.M. Blatt was "How to find the zeroes of a function"; the November talk by Professor P.R. Wilson was "What have sunspots got to do with applied mathematics?". For further information about the Sydney branch, contact the Secretary, W.B. Fraser, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Sydney, Sydney, N.S.W. 2006.

The Australian Mathematical Society GAZETTE. Volume 1 No. 3, December, 1974. Page 94.

1976

Sydney Branch Committee
Chairman A.H. Klotz University of Sydney
Secretary D. Cole Department of Science
Members R. Aus High School
P.W. Buchen University of Sydney
A. Fenwick Navy Research
A.T. Johnson Sydney Teachers College
A. Manton CSIRO
ex Officio V.T. Buchwald UNSW

Meeting held 7/4/76.A.T. Johnson spoke on "Can School Mathematics be Applicable?". The answer based on a very interesting case studies from the UK appears to be emphatically in the affirmative.

Plans for 1976-1977.General Theme: teaching of applied mathematics.

  1. Meeting on 9th June, 6pm., Carlsaw Building, University of Sydney.
    V.T. Buchwald on "Role of Applied Mathematics in Tertiary Education".
  2. (Symposium on Fluid Mechanics at University of New South Wales, first week in July. Secretaries: Drs Manton and Banner).
  3. Meetings in August and September. One day symposium on Teaching, end of September at University of Sydney.

Points and Aims suggested by the Committee:

  1. evolving an "evolved study" course in applied mathematics for 12th year of school.
  2. compiling a register of jobs available to applied mathematicians or taken up by them.


The Australian Mathematical Society GAZETTE. Volume 3 No. 2, September, 1976. Page 58.

1977

  1. Meetings and Functions Held in 1977.

    The year 1977 was by and large a quiet one, though the Branch continued with the successful format of previous years; viz informal get-togethers plus 1-day symposia on specialised topics.

    1. The Annual General Meeting in August was extended to a wine-and-cheese affair. Professor R.I. Tanner was invited so speak on

      "The Role of Computers in Engineering Education".

      The Divisional amendments to the Sydney Branch Constitution were noted and recorded in the Minutes.

      The 1978 Committee was elected as follows:
      Chairman Professor R.I. Tanner Mech. Eng., USN
      Secretary Dr P.W. Buchen Appl. Maths., USN
      Treasurer Professor V.T. Buchwald Theor. & Appl. Mech., UNSW
      Committee Members Dr D.G. Cole I.P.S., Dept. Science
      Mr A.T. Johnson Maths Dept, S.T.C.
      Dr A.H. Klotz Applied Maths., USN
      Dr C. Scott Mech & Indus Eng., UNSW

    2. A successful 1-day symposium on

      "The Theory and Practice of Optimisation"

      was held on 18th November at UNSW and was ably organised by Dr K.L. Two. Some 55 participants attended. The 5 invited speakers were:
      1. Dr B. Murtagh (UNSW) - "The Current State of Nonlinear Programming"
      2. Dr B. Whan (CSR) - "Optimization in Agricultural Planning"
      3. Dr S. Cumming (BHP) - "Practical Problems in Large-Scale Statistical Analysis for the Steel Industry"
      4. Dr G. Couch (Electrical Commission of NSW - "Some Avenues of Application of Optimization to Electric Energy Systems"
      5. Mr A. Fitzpatrick (Bureau of Transport Economics, Canberra) - "The Assignment of Interdependent Facilities between Two Locations".
    3. The Branch held a pre-Xmas get-together (wine and cheese) on 12th December. Professor V.T. Buchwald initiated a lively discussion on "Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and the HSC".


The Australian Mathematical Society GAZETTE. Volume 5 No. 2, August, 1978. Pages 59-60.

1978

(continues from list of 1977 activities)

  1. Planned Activities for 1978
    1. In conjunction with the Applied Mathematics Department of Sydney University, the Branch will help to organise the First K.E. Bullen Memorial Lecture on 16th February.

      Professor G.P. Carrier (Harvard) will deliver the lecture entitled "The Future of Applied Mathematics in Education and Research"

    2. Two 1-day symposia are planned. One on "Numerical Techniques; Theory and Application" for April. The other on "Biomathematics" for November.
    3. The Branch will no doubt be extremely busy, in addition, with the organisation of the 1979 Divisional Conference. ((On page 56 of the same issue, Dr P.W. Buchen is listed as the Conference Secretary for the 1979 Applied Mathematics Conference)).


The Australian Mathematical Society GAZETTE. Volume 5 No. 2, August, 1978. Page 60.

1988

The following was inconclusive as to whether there was any branch activities in 1988, none were mentioned for any branch.

From. W. Summerfield (1989). D.A.M. Notes. Australian Mathematical Society Gazette 16(2), pages 39-40, 1989.

Incidentally, this was the first in what would become a regular column over a number of years.

In Ballarat this year the new (1989) Executive resolved that the secretary will write these D.A.M. Notes to inform those members not at the annual conference of its decisions.

1989

The following was inconclusive as to whether there was any branch activities in 1989, none were mentioned for any branch.

From. W. Summerfield (1990). Division of Applied Mathematics Notes. Australian Mathematical Society Gazette 17(3), pages 75-76, 1990.

1990

The following is inconclusive as to whether there was any branch activities in 1990 as the only mention of branch activity is...

The outgoing executive approved the formation of a new branch of the Division... the ACT branch.

From. W. Summerfield (1991). Division of Applied Mathematics Notes. Australian Mathematical Society Gazette 18(3), pages 78-79, 1991.

1991

The following is inconclusive as to whether there was any branch activities in 1991.

The general meeting and the first executive committee meeting noted that there had been considerable activity in the branches during 1991... Nevill de Mestre commended to the membership the miniconference the Queensland Branch held at Mt Tamborie, over a weekend.

From. W. Summerfield (1993). D.A.M. Notes. Australian Mathematical Society Gazette 19(3), pages 61-62, 1992.

1992

The following could mean that there were no branch activities in 1992.

Over 1992 there was considerable activity in the branches of the Division, with the ACT branch holding three minutes and the Queensland branch also being involved in three.

From. W. Summerfield (1993). ANZIAM (formerly D.A.M.) Notes. Australian Mathematical Society Gazette 20(3), pages 107-108, 1993.

1993

As in 1992, in 1993 there was considerable activity in the branches of ANZIAM: the Victorian, Sydney, Queensland and ACT branches each organised two activities, of varying nature and duration.

From. W. Summerfield (1994). ANZIAM Notes. Australian Mathematical Society Gazette 21(3), pages 94-96, 1993.

1994

As in 1993, in 1994 there was considerable activity in the branches of ANZIAM; the Victorian, Queensland and ACT branches each organised two activities, of varying nature and duration. The New Zealand branch held its main activity during the 1994 New Zealand Mathematics Colloquiuum.

From. W. Summerfield (1995). ANZIAM Notes. Australian Mathematical Society Gazette 22(3), pages 149-150, 1995.

1995

The Treasurer recommended that ANZIAM could maintain its present level of suport for its Branches, Special Interest Groups and February Conference, without increasing fees for next year.

As in 1994, in 1995 there was considerable activity in ANZIAM Branches and SIGS. The Victorian Branch hosted another very successful student conference, and provided assistance to CTAC-95, directed by Alan Easton for CMG; the Australian Mathematical SOciety Gazetee will feature a report on CTAC 95. This branch has set up its own pagea on the internet WWW. The ACT Branch followed the lead given by the Victoria Branch, hosting their own student meeting. The Queensland Branch held a very successful, but financial draining, annual mini conference on the Gold Cost, and three meettings in conjunction with the Queensland Associatio of Mathematics Teachers. The New Zealand Branch held its own main activity during the 1995 New Zealand Matheamtics Colloquium; Ernie Tuck was the ANZIAM speaker.

From. W. Summerfield (1996). ANZIAM Notes. Australian Mathematical Society Gazette 23(2), pages 86-88, 1996.


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