Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey

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Warwick Hall

11 Queen's Road

Location

Between King's Way and Arthur Street (around 60 metres from the latter

Memories

This bobbed up in early 1980s telephone directories as the offices of Control Data Business Advisors, the division set up by Trevor Robinson when he returned to the fold circa 1980.

The Control Data presence surprised me a little as I worked in the building - then Prime House - for a couple of years around that time consulting to a software company and can't recall ever seeing the Control Data name, which certainly would have set bells a'ringing.  

CD Advisors when I did a brief job for them just after they were established occupied a ground level unit at 600 St. Kilda Road, almost directly opposite (perhaps a few yards to the south) of the entrance to 598.  Surprisingly, they were not shown in the telephone directory until 1982 when at 11 Queen's Road and 267-7999.

History

Astonishingly for such a central and fairly exclusive location, 11 Queen's Road was not built on until 1934 and first advertised in January, 1935:

"WARWICK HALL … JUST COMPLETED … SIXTEEN SUMPTUOUS FLATS AND MAISONETTES

All containing 2 Bedrooms, Reception-rooms, panel, central heating, refrigeration, automatic oil-burning  Hot-water system DELIGHTFULLY SITUATED Opposite the Albert Park Golf Links.  From £2/17/6 to Approved Tenants"

There appears to be a rather spooky coincidence here - the managing agents were Carolan and Co. - the principal of which in all probability the Francis Carolan that later built at 1 Queen's Road and featured in our coverage of the T.A.B. site.

Given its late arrival, it perhaps no surprise that Warwick Hall was specifically built as apartments, perhaps the only flats in Queen's Road that were not originally private mansions, but the real mystery is why the block remained vacant for so long, possibly the last site to be developed in Queen's Road - the only assumption being that the block was owned in the same interests as either 10 or 12 and used as a garden or for recreational purposes.

Directories of the early 1970s still show 11 Queen's Road as Warwick Hall and flats, but with two commercial tenancies.  The final directory of 1974 show "offices being built", its next-door neighbour to the north Nylex House.

Today.

The building on 1974 is largely unchanged other than a facelift on the Queen's Road frontage, although the name disappeared in the late 1980s along with Prime Computers.

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Others circa 1983

Purely as a matter of interest, the other Control Data sites listed in 1983-84 were the Repair Centre at 349a Darebin Road, Thornbury, the factory at 28 Sullivan Street, Moorabbin (earlier also the home of Control Data Business Products) and the Australian Computer Centre at 573 Burwood Highway, Knox (see Dick Bament's excellent history  of the latter).