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Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology
Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology 19291946 by Allan Cornish
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
Brief History and Geography
The Port Moresby Office
Housing for Bureau Staff, Port Moresby
Staff Members and Their Families
Entertaining, Sport and Lifestyle
Communication with Native Servants
Forecasting Problems in Port Moresby
MalariaIt was claimed that the town area of Port Moresby was cleared of malaria bearing mosquitoes, and the area was kept in that condition by continual spraying, but many Europeans used malaria suppressives such as Nivaquin, Camoquin and Paludrin. Most of the Met staff took this wise precaution because Jackson's was situated in a swampy area.
Native ServantsNative servants were employed according to an Administration ordinance that specified a cash wage plus accommodation, clothing, medical attention and food in the form of a ration. It was illegal to pay the servants cash in lieu of rations unless the District Office had granted permission for this exemption. Methylated spirits for lighting was sold to natives in possession of a permit. It was an offence to sell or present alcohol to natives, or for natives to consume alcohol.
Natives were not permitted to gamble, but a card game, aptly named Lucky, was a popular pastime among some of the houseboys. It was not unusual to observe a houseboy resplendent in Casben walk shorts, fashion shirt and wearing an expensive wrist watch, and in possession of a relatively new bicycle. A short time later, the same houseboy would be seen clothed in tattered trousers and shirt, and not in possession of the wrist watch or the bicycle. The reason for these gains and losses would be given to an inquirer, reluctantly, as the game of Lucky.
People in Bright Sparcs - Glendinning, Colin (Col)
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