The Southern Highlands Computer Users Group began as the result of a public meeting in Bowral, NSW, attended by people interested in sharing their computing experience and to learn how to solve computer problems.
After the successful initial meeting in May 1995, other meetings followed to structure the group as an incorporated body, which was achieved on 11th December 1995.
The founding members were Bill Walsh, Ian Neale, Ian Ridley, Max Bullis, Ron Clemens, Allen Cupitt, Roger Ware and Steve Gye,
In 2000, due to the efforts of the then President, Roger Ware, the group was given the opportunity to establish an Education Centre in HarbisonCare Village, Burradoo. This has enabled us to conduct courses and workshops on various subjects for members.
The fist computers were old PCs made available by local businesses. Over the years, as a result of grants, gifts and club funding we now have Windows PCs running XP, Windows 7 and 8, and Apple computers, (including iPads) along with several scanners and printers. The Centre also has Wi-Fi and broadband internet access.
There is also a digital projector which is used for presentations at the Education Centre.
Initial meetings were held at Ace Internet Services and then at the Mittagong Community Centre. As membership grew, the meeting location was changed to the East Bowral Community Centre. Meetings are now classified as Workshops and are held at our Education Centre at HarbisonCare, notification of dates/times and topics is by way of our Newsletter “keyword”
The objective of these Workshops is to have a presentation on a topic of interest, a current topic, for members . A refreshment break is included to provide time for informal discourse, then a hands on session on our class room computers. usually under the eye of the topic presenter.