Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
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A special article on manufacturing in Between Ourselves (January, 1975) probably opened a few eyes for those used to the cosmopolitan surrounds of 598 or our interstate offices -
At that time, there were manufacturing plants in Elma Road, Bricker Street, Nellbern Road and Station Street, the first two in Cheltenham, the latter pair in Moorabbin.
The original plant in Wangara Road, Cheltenham was long since out-
The original operations of 1970 producing single keyboard RIOTS for VicTab had by this time expanded to the tooling-
Other articles around the same time suggested a backlog of orders on the manufacturing plant of $10.6 million, said to be sufficient to extend work until at least 1978, even with plans to double production of the next two years.
Following the loss of VicTAB business, manufacturing was progressively consolidated at a single site at 2 Sullivan Street, Moorabbin, also the sales and administrative office for the Business Products Division. See also Manufacturing : At Work
I know Rodger Taylor has many photographs that he took over five or six years with Manufacturing before moving to the TAB, not sure whether those below are his work or whether he has others.
1 Elma Road, Cheltenham was almost opposite the Herald Street plant and with an upstairs section housing a small project planning group.
The actual address did not appear in the article, but fortunately the image when zoomed is clear enough to identify the number 1 on the glass door, hence we can Google Maps today’s site -
6 Bricker Street, Cheltenham, also off Herald Street, used for wiring and sheet metal work.
Again, no number ever seems have been referenced, but Bricker Street is a short one, and a Google maps stroll identified the building as number 6. It was the only structure with a single-
Station Street, Moorabbin
Somewhat isolated from the other facilities on the eastern side of Nepean Highway and leading diagonally from South Road to (surprise) Moorabbin Station, it housed a design and development engineering team in the upstairs section. The ground floor was a car sales outlet.
Again no number and not identifiable today -
6 Wangara Road, Cheltenham
After much digging, we can reveal that the Wangara Road facility mentioned in a couple of articles on manufacturing was number 6, but also known as Lot 7, Brixton Road and it appears the building had as much exposure along Brixton as Wangara.
The entrance was from Wangara on the corner, shown as the extended section in the photo left which appears to have been taken from the mid-
The 1974 directory still has CDA at Wangara Road and with no mention of a presence at Herald Street, somewhat in conflict with what was revealed in Between Ourselves which suggests the expansion took place late 1971.
A geographical oddity is that Wangara Road is actually the boundary between Cheltenham and Sandringham -
The building today is now number 28 Wangara Road, the image below left taken from roughly the same spot as that on the early 1970’s, although Les Randell appears to have escaped custody. The building has probably been modernised, but still shows the extended section covering the entrance on the corner.
The image right shows the building entrance and the side along Brixton Road, seemingly devoid of windows, but perhaps with a dark emergency exit door to the right of the entrance section
(Inset) Les Randall, the planner of the first production line and later Manager of Manufacturing. This is the only image ever sighted, sometimes with Les’ head, others sans scone.
This aerial shot from the “mid-
Top right is in the New Cheltenham Cemetery, established 1930, bottom right was a reclaimed quarry/rubbish tip, converted late 1970's into a golf driving lane and still functioning today. Again not sure of the accuracy date-
15 Nellbern Road, Moorabbin
Upstairs housed the management team including Bill Wright, Manufacturing General Manager, downstairs a production line. This was a new building, believed to have been wholly occupied by CDA, but rather surprisingly not adorned by the corporate logo
The original image appears to have been reversed somehow – the double door faces Nellbern Road as per the current image. Both cases are deceptive – the building was not on a corner; the side view is actually a parking bay shared with next door neighbour at number 13.
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