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Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology


Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology 1929–1946 by Allan Cornish
Chapter 1: My Early Days in the Bureau
Chapter 2: Some New Vistas
Chapter 3: The RAAF Measures Upper Air Temperatures
Chapter 4: The Bureau Begins to Grow
Chapter 5: My Voyage in Discovery II
Chapter 6: The Birth of the Instrument Section
Chapter 7: Darwin Days
Chapter 8: I Leave the Bureau

History of Major Meteorological Installation in Australia from 1945 to 1981 by Reg Stout

Four Years in the RAAF Meteorological Service by Keith Swan

The Bureau of Meteorology in Papua New Guinea in the 1950s by Col Glendinning


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Chapter 8: I Leave the Bureau (continued)

I had been with Department of Air for two years when the head of the Division in which I worked retired. I was made acting head while they sorted things out.

Working in a military department such as Air meant that much of the work of the Department was overseen by the Air Board which was comprised of four military members and the Permanent Head of the civil sector of the Department, Bert McFarlane. The Governor General is the Commander in Chief of the military forces. The Minister for Air has a delegation from the Governor General and employees in the Department are employed under the Defence Act. The duties of the position of Divisional head, in which I was acting, were defined under the Public Service Act.

The permanent appointment to the position was complicated by the fact that there were four RAAF Air Commodores due to retire at a relatively early age who were interested in the job. Bert Spratt of the Public Service Board thought I should be appointed. About this time my wife died after a period during which her illness became progressively worse.

The upshot was that after acting in the position for a considerable time I was not appointed to the job. My public service career, which began in the Bureau of Meteorology, ended in the Department of Defence. That career gave me an interesting life in which I have met a large number of stimulating people.

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Cornish, A., Stout, R., Swan, K and Glendinning, C. 1996 'Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology', Metarch Papers, No. 8 February 1996, Bureau of Meteorology

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