Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey

S.A. Premier Opens New Office In Adelaide

From left : John O'Neil, Roy Archibald, Peter McGregor, the Premier, Malcolm Thomson, Graham Doig and Richard Levingstone

Issue 1, October, 1970

"More than one hundred people were present when the Premier of South Australia, Mr Don Dunstan, opened Control Data's new South Australian office, including CDA customers, government and industrial representatives and Control Data staff from throughout Australia.

The new office is situated at 210 Greenhill Road, Eastwood, a pleasant suburb close to the city.

The building has a total floor area of 10,800 sq.ft. of accommodation on two floors and incorporates many modern design and constructional features. It was designed by leading Adelaide architect P. Dennis Tugwell.

In his opening speech Peter MacGregor spoke of South Australia's long association with computer technology. He referred to WREDAC, the state's first computer, as probably the third digital computer to have operated in Australia; and of subsequent developments loading up to the installation of a number of CDC computers -. one of which - a 6400 - is still Australia's most powerful university computer.

"Particularly noteworthy", he said, "was the standard of computer education in South Australia. Between 60-10 students were doing final year in Bachelor and Diploma courses at the Institute of Technology, and approximately 50 were taking computer science degree courses at the University. Another 20 were doing postgraduate studies."

"Our new and enlarged offices are concrete evidence of the company's rapid expansion in Australia, and of CDA's confidence in the outstanding opportunities available in South Australia."

Unperturbed by a bevy of television newsmen, radio reporters and journalists, Mr. Don Dunstan began by congratulating CDA on its decision to open a new and larger office because it represented an important addition to the state's computer industry.

Mr. Dunstan said that South Australia represented a sound training base for the training of computer experts and these facilities were unparalleled in Australia.

South Australia had the potential to become the first major centre for the development, manufacture and marketing of computers.

We have the skills and the technology to see that this is done and it is in this sphere that organisations such as Control Data can play an important role."

Mr. Dunstan added:

"Control Data is not new to South Australia. As a major supplier of computer equipment in Australia it has been closely associated with the South Australian Government in supplying the equipment for the State Public Service Automatic Data Processing Service and for the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science computer.

The University of Adelaide. the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics in Adelaide, and the CSIRO are other users of Control Data computers in this state."