Michael Sy - I knew/know a lot of the people from early BBSs, computers and hacking in Melbourne and many of them are in the book - Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier is a 1997 book by Suelette Dreyfus.
I have a signed hard copy but its been available free online (naturally) for years - http://suelette.home.xs4all.nl/underground/justin/index.html
If you want quick - heady - feel of what it was like back then read this chapter - Mendax was/is Assange - as you know - http://suelette.home.xs4all.nl/underground/justin/chapter_8.html
Seriously interesting stuff...
FXH did you find Underground "telemovie" accurate in it's rendition of that era re: technology, computer parts fairs etc