TAAMUG – A Brief History

The group was formed in August 1988 when a few Mac enthusiasts (Paul Cruice, Danny Dutton, Keith Janke, Karl Rasmussen, Len Stroud, Paul Talbot) met to form what was initially called the "Toowoomba Mac Users Club". Meetings were held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Toowoomba Education Centre in Baker Street, commencing at 7.30pm; but attendance was low, usually 3 to 5 individuals, and this persisted until the group was invited by Apple to attend the first Apple User Group Convention. This was held in Sydney on 7th, 8th, 9th April 1989. The invitation was for three members and, coincidentally, the group had three financial members, Danny Dutton, Len Stroud, Paul Talbot, all of whom travelled to the venue in Danny’s car. They made useful contact with other groups and learned from them but had little to offer in return.

At the next meeting of the club it was noted that membership of the other user groups at the Convention was open to both Apple Computer users as well as Macintosh users and it was decided to expand the membership of the club similarly. To reflect this the name of the group was changed to the Toowoomba Apple And Macintosh User Group (TAAMUG).

There had been an earlier Apple User Group based on the D.D.I.A.E. (Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, the precursor of USQ) but this had faded into oblivion.

Delegates from TAAMUG attended the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Apple User Group Conventions which Apple then stopped promoting. A reciprocal agreement was agreed with Apple-Q the Brisbane User Group whereby members of one group were welcome to attend meetings of the other and to obtain support. Copies of the respective Newsletters, (Apple-Q and MacClips) to be exchanged and circulated to interested members.

A Newsletter had been produced and distributed to members on an ad hoc basis from May 1989, and this was regularised to a monthly production when Bob Lascelles took over the position of Editor. A 12-page format was adopted in October 1996 and became a full colour edition from July 2007. In 2009, due to pressure of work commitments, Bob found it necessary to suspend production.

A 1991 application to become an Incorporated Association was not followed up, but a subsequent application in December 1994 was successful.