Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
46 Queen's Road, Melbourne
We've included The Computer Club as a separate entity from The Light Car Club as the premises were probably the only one that could truly qualify under both "Drinks" and "Eats", although the former probably took precedence.
Maybe it's a sign of too many years, beers or red wines, but no one seems to remember exactly how The Computer Club started.
It was circa 1974, and the general consensus of opinion is that the major instigators were Peter Noonan (I think the first President) and Bruce Smith (not the CDA Bruce Smith), both working with Olivetti at the time and Light Car Club members.
The cause was taken up by Alan Power, then editor of Computer Weekly and a regular at the College Lawn where he found several willing Control Data volunteers as well as those from other companies to help get things going.
The plan was for a separate Computer Club to be formed and with those that joined to be taken up as Associate Members of The Light Car Club with full access to the social facilities, but no voting rights or rights of involvement in club car events. (The Lakeside Golf Club based in Albert Park had had a similar arrangement for several years).
I was immediately interested as an ex-
The attractions of somewhere to drink after hours of course meant that many Control Data people joined, perhaps the largest contingent from any individual computer company in the balmy days when most of the industry was in either of St. Kilda or Queen's Roads and Computer Club membership was up around 300.
In the early days, there was an odd equation at lunchtime : the number of bread rolls on the table always equated (2n -
I also remember around 1979 along with Wilson McMillan organizing an all-
Kevin Walsh turned up, and when being reminded it was only for ex-
There was also a reunion circa 1985 of CDA people who had worked on T.A.B. projects, although this was in the restaurant -
Around the same time there was a minor hiccup when Peter Karol, the-
As a result, we re-
The scene changed a little when Irene Morgan took over as restaurant manager and Mike Spark and myself started up a monthly lunch club (or should I say "yet another" monthly lunch club?)
The format was pretty simple.
Irene would come up with a masked bottle of wine and ask four questions of her "expert" clientele; variety, source, special characteristics and further tasting notes -
Irene was ably assisted by Mad Eric Ettridge the Chef, and subsequently started up a similar exercise on Saturdays which attracted many LCCA members as well as The Computer Club.
It was around the same time that I organised an el-
(This was followed up by The Fangio Syndicate, principally of LCCA members and a filly El Aguila (out of Scarlet Eagle, “aguila is Spanish foe “eagle”); the two horses in looks and temperament about as opposite as two animals of the same breed could get -
The Computer Club contributed to the LCCA's well-
Time, drink driving laws and the movement of the computer industry away from the St. Kilda Road area eventually took its toll and by the mid-
Around 1988, and as the current President, I proposed winding up The Computer Club and with the agreement of The Light Car Club, having the current 20 or so members simply transferred into the LCCA books directly as Associate Members. After intensive and emotionally-
Around this, of course, the Control Data went, some transferring t0 the new Miden, others following different paths, but a few regulars continued to use the Light Car Club until it, too, closed in 1992.
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