Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey


The Automation Page : 1966-67

Although no official announcement was ever released, the University of Adelaide order is confirmed by a series of advertisements for staff, Control Data misses out on the prestigious Bureau of Meteorology tender, but scored major upgrades to the existing CSIRO and Census sites as well as installations as far-flung as Arnhem Land and Saigon.  The growth of the local subsidiary sees the announcement of plans for a six-storey building in St. Kilda Road (planning limits in that section of St. Kilda Road restricted the height to five floors above ground level).  

Overseas, the first orders are announced for the 6600 series, the parent company returns to profit and rumours emerge of a merger between CDC and a little known U.S. company called C.E.I.R. (Control Data in fact acquired C.E.I.R, a GE time-sharing company).

The Vietnam War escalates and more Australian troops are committed to the conflict.

Despite protests from Australia, New Zealand and many Pacific Islands, the French commence nuclear testing at Mururoa Atoll.  Decimal currency is introduced on 14 February, 1966, American President Lyndon B Johnson makes a controversial tour  and in December of the same year, Prime Minister Harold Holt goes missing off Cheviot Beach near Portsea ...