Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey

Expansion in New Zealand

Issue 11, April, 1972

Control Data's success against strong competition in obtaining the order for the New Zealand TAB has not only confirmed our expertise in computerised betting systems, but it has also led to a broadening of our multinational operation.

A new company - Control Data New Zealand Pty. Ltd. - has been formed as a subsidiary of Control Data Australia, with headquarters in Wellington.

The company has reserved space in the new N.M.A. Building, now nearing completion in Featherston Street.

The first employees are Peter Dulmanis, who moved to Wellington earlier this year. Marcel Dayan, and engineers John Batson and Laurie Lee who are at present looking after the dual 1700 system at the Ministry of Defence.

Recruiting will begin shortly to build the staff to about 20.

The basis of the new TAB system will be dual 3100's for race day control and to handle telephone betting and dual 1700's to handle agency ticket issue.

Initially there will be a requirement for more than 200 agency terminals which will be manufactured at our Melbourne factory. The terminal will be a development of the existing RIOT, the main difference being that each terminal will service two selling windows.

Mr. R.J. Rolfe, chairman of the New Zealand TAB, says the system will initially service the more populous regions of Auckland Wellington and Christchurch, but provision is being made to extend to other centres when warranted.

The Board expects that the first offices will be converted to computerised betting in the latter half of 1974.

(Canberra Times, 29 February, 1972)

Control Data order

Control Data Australia Pty. Ltd is to supply computers for the New Zealand Totalisator Agency Board's betting operations in the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch regions.

The TAB chairman, Mr Dick Rolfe. said in a statement yesterday the Board would negotiate a contract with Control Data Australia, which computerised the Victorian TAB operations.

First offices would have the new system late in 1974 and it would be extended to other centres when needed, the statement said.