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History of Research in the Bureau of Meteorology




Chapter 1: Germination and Growth

Chapter 2: Struggle, Competition and Emergence

Appendix 1: Meteorology Act 1906

Appendix 2: Meteorology Act 1955

Appendix 3: Simpson Report

Appendix 4: Survey Questionnaire

Appendix 5: Bibliography



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Introduction (continued)

One word of caution before I embark upon this tale—I have been confronted by one insoluble difficulty in undertaking this task, that is the loss, or destruction, of the great majority of pre-World War II Bureau files. This has necessitated reliance for the most part on secondhand accounts of this period, with the usual problems of discrepancies in names, dates and other details. Where possible, I have used a variety of sources and chosen the most commonly remembered dates and other facts as being the most reliable and, hopefully, accurate.

It is fortunate that files and other documents for the period since 1939 are much more readily accessible, being held either within the Bureau itself, or by the Commonwealth Archives. In addition, many of the staff from that period are still living. I have been able to consult them in order to clarify any discrepancies, and they have been more than willing to assist me in this project. This applies especially in the area of the establishment and disbanding of the joint facilities operated by the Bureau and CSIRO in recent years. Since so much of the interaction which affected these partnerships is not formally recorded, I conducted an informal survey of a number of the key figures involved in the process to seek further information on the subject.

A sample questionnaire is included as Appendix 4. As this is still considered by a number of people to be a matter of some delicacy between the Bureau and CSIRO, the responses were provided on the basis that names would remain confidential and I have treated them accordingly.

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Gardner, J. 1997 'Stormy Weather: A History of Research in the Bureau of Meteorology', Metarch Papers, No. 11 December 1997, Bureau of Meteorology

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