Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
Melbourne Data Centre
Issue 17, February, 1973
The CYBER 74 system for the Melbourne Data Centre, which will hold brief office as Australia's most powerful computer until the arrival of the CSIRO CYBER 76, is scheduled for delivery towards the end of this month.
It will be installed in the new BHP House in the city but the public terminal for over-
Meanwhile, in preparation for the expansion of our Data Services operation, a new brochure outlining the services we can offer, will be available from the printers soon.
Issue 18, March, 1973
“Pictured is a section of the CYBER 74 mainframe being lifted into BHP House in Melbourne on February 17 after arrival from Minneapolis in a chartered Flying Tiger jet-
Because some sections of the system were too large to fit in the lift, a window panel was removed to allow the equipment to be lifted by crane straight onto the site.
The CYBER 74 will be operated by the Melbourne Data Centre as part of the data services network and is now being checked out in preparation for the official opening on May 11.
As this is Australia's largest computer system, the arrival created much interest among press and television media.
An advertisement seeking staff to operate the CYBER 74 drew an unusually large response. More than 30 people many of them working on smaller computer systems applied for the prestige job.”
Ed. BHP House itself had only been functioning for around twelve months. Control Data’s original contract with the company for Data Services saw a Marc II terminal installed in their earlier building, Essington Lewis House at 500 Bourke Street.
The computer was on the 6th floor on the southern side (where the crane appears in the image) and there were four or five support analysts based there along with operators for Control Data’s “grave-
The mainframe was basically on the south-
I remember not longer after the new Data Centre opened, Diner’s Club were unhappy that every time we did a run processing cheques for their suppliers, several were wasted because whoever wrote the original program didn’t put in a routine to allow the operators to align the cheque stationery before the process kicked off and typically a dozen or more “duds’ were printed before the operators could kill the process.
I duly added such a routine and Bob Clingin and I went in one Friday night to test it -
About 1.00 a.m. we left, Bob carrying a box with no lid.
Now, anyone who has been to BHP House will know it can be a wind-
Bob had the unenviable task of ringing Diner’s on the Monday and explaining “yes, the changes worked really well, but …”
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