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08 Jun 17
Peter Bull

I did not work in ISTC at Paddington but I did work in the building from 1975 to 1991 and these photos did bring back a few memories and a few names:

  • Tony Batoni
  • John Hodgson
  • Jack Creswick
  • Neville Farrar
  • Phil Ryan
  • Peter Skinner
  • John Newlyn
  • Jack Orton
  • Chris Stanley
  • Ian Campbell

How many others can you remember?

ISTC-1 ISTC-2 ISTC-3 John Grosbard, at work OTC, Sydney. Feb 1964



  1. Peter Bull June 8, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Some years ago Terry Hulme and Paul Horder compiled the below list of those who had worked in the Paddington ISTC/Telex area. Additions and corrections are most welcome.
    Reece Alexander
    Dave Almond
    Ian Barlow
    Michael Barrow
    Mick Bataglene
    Getulio Bertoni
    Chris Bull
    Milton Cale
    Ian Campbell
    Sam Capra
    Ron Cayabab
    Brian Collath
    Bob Collins
    Jack Creswick
    Laci Csont
    Peter Dalton
    Bill Davey
    John Daviskis
    Matthew Diurno
    Emmanuel Dos Santos
    Ansto Douris
    Danny Dwyer
    Terry Etherington
    Neville Farrar
    Jim Field
    Vince Fimmano
    M. Formosa
    Wayne Gore
    Tony Gorman
    Alec Griffiths
    Graham Grocott
    Ian Hainke
    Geoff Ham
    Greg Hamilton
    Graeme Hannigan
    Col Harman
    Bernardo Hemandes
    Peter Hewins
    Nick Heyke
    John Hodgson
    Rob Holland
    Kim Hopkins
    Paul Horder
    Brian Hoschke
    Graham Hughes
    Terry Hulme
    Dave Huthnance
    Peter Johnson
    Ray Karam
    Laurie Keegan
    Harry Kellerman
    John Kelso
    Geoff Larcombe
    Doug Lloyd
    Peter Lovric
    Stephen Lowe
    Warren Lund
    Nick Maddock
    Greg Martyn
    Maurie Matthysz
    Alan Michie
    Les Muffett
    John Newlyn
    Martin Nemeyer
    John Noller
    Samnang Nou
    Tung Nguyen
    Graham Oliver
    Lance Olsen
    Jack Orton
    Keith Oxley
    Alan Perkins
    Julian Ramirez
    John Robinson
    Jim Rodda
    Rob Rollason
    Phil Russell
    Col Sainty
    Garry Samuels
    S Selvakumar
    Peter Skiinner
    Brian Smith
    Dick Soulis
    John Spry
    Chris Stanley
    Jim Starr
    Andrejs Strazdins
    Tony Styan
    Chris Tetley
    Michael Tobin
    Danny Thomas
    Mark Tipper
    George Thoumas
    Peter Tuckwell
    Harley Vague
    Carlos Valdez
    Kay Varlow
    Len Vella
    Dean Veverka
    Kerry Williams
    Howard Wilson

  2. Peter Bull June 8, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Without giving it much thought here are a few more.

    Bruce Collett
    Jim Rodda
    Alex Griffiths
    Keith Oxley
    Keith McCredden until 1979 then MRSC
    I can picture a few younger guys but will have to think about their names.
    regards Keith

  3. Peter Bull June 9, 2017 at 8:16 am

    A few more that I recall

    Jim Starr
    Doug Bisby
    Richard Soulie

    Regards … Jim Starr

  4. Peter Bull June 9, 2017 at 8:17 am


    I remember Howard Wilson being a long serving ISTC tech.

    Dave Stimo

  5. Peter Bull June 9, 2017 at 8:17 am


    Laurie McIllree.


    John Lilley.

  6. Peter Bull June 9, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Attached are some wider shots of the ISTC at Paddo that Kim Hopkins sent me years ago.
    Pity we had no shots with people in them…

    Some other names from my time there (1974/5 – 1983):
    Peter Tuckwell (me)
    Kim Hopkins
    Tony Styan
    Mick Bataglene (battered sav)

    Peter Tuckwell

  7. Peter Bull June 9, 2017 at 8:22 am


    What about the man with the hair – Mick Battaglene (not sure of the spelling)

    Steve Gray

  8. Peter Bull June 9, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Hi All
    I worked in ISTC many weeks of wiring chocolate block the nightly telegraph line up to numerous countries
    Mike Tobin

  9. Peter Bull June 9, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Hi Peter

    The gentleman in the two b&w pictures is John Grosbard. I have also worked in ISTC under Alec Griffiths, John Newlyn, and Bruce Collet.

    Best wishes
    Paul Borg

  10. Peter Bull June 9, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Hi Peter

    Some more names during my time (which was later than most):

    Rob Rollason
    Chris Stanley
    Howard Hughes
    Greg Martyn
    Peter Johnson
    Mark TIpper
    Kaye Varlow

    If I think of others I’ll send them through.

    Regards, Peter

  11. Peter Bull June 9, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Richard Stephens is one of the younger fellows who does not appear on any of the lists,
    rgds Keith McCredden

  12. Peter Bull June 13, 2017 at 8:28 am


    Remembering one person a day can’t be a good sign! Des Kinnersley also worked in ISTC before going to

    Regards, John Lilley.

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