Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
Originally Menzies Hotel, this magnificent building situated at the south-
The site was purchased in 1867 by Mr and Mrs Archibald Menzies whose Menzies Family Hotel in La Trobe Street dated from 1853. Designed by Reed & Barnes and constructed at a cost of £32 000 by David Mitchell, a three-
In 1942 it became South-
Although many will remember the sixth-
Because of the obvious connection to the iron and steel industry, BHP House (designed by architects Yuncken Freeman and with engineers Irwin Johnson and Partners,) was one of the earliest high-
It also one of the first, if not the first, “total energy” buildings in Australia with the electricity required generated using natural gas, undoubtedly helped by BHP’s substantial interest in the Esso gas fields in Gippsland; at the time of its opening in 1972, BHP House was the tallest building in Melbourne.
The Cyber mainframe (lifted via crane, right) was on the sixth floor and on the south-
Several parts of the Data Centre installation were too large for the BHP House elevators and had to be swung in via crane, necessitating the temporary removal of sixth floor windows.
Menzies’ Hotel (aka B.H.P. House)
140 William Street
Above : Menzie’s Hotel, circa 1920
Below : Entrance Foyer. Date unknown, I seem to remember the BHP cafeteria (I think 41st floor), but this certainly wasn’t it!
The Facility Code is believed to have been AARMDC, the 'phone number (03) 67 8251
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