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Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962





Chapter 1: The Warren Years, 1946 to 1950
Warren the Man
Warren Joins the Bureau
Wartime Perceptions and Attitudes
Return to Civvy Street
People in the Bureau
Re-establishing and Reorganising the Bureau
Reorganisation of Central Office
The Position of Chief Scientific Officer
Post-War Reorganisation
The Haldane Story
Public Weather Services
The New South Wales Divisional Office
The Victorian Divisional Office
The Queensland Divisional Office
The South Australian Divisional Office
The Western Australian Divisional Office
The Tasmanian Divisional Office
Pre-war Services for Civil Aviation
Post-War Meteorological Service for Aviation
Indian Ocean Survey Flight
The Aviation Field Staff
Synoptic Analysis, Prognosis and Forecasting
Antarctic and Southern Ocean Meteorology
A Wider Scientific Horizon
Research, Development and Special Investigations
Analysts' Conference, April 1950
Instruments and Observations
Radar Winds and Radar Weather Watch
Climate and Statistics
The Universities
Achievements of the Warren Years

Chapter 2: International Meteorology

Chapter 3: The Timcke Years, 1950 to 1955

Chapter 4: A Year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Chapter 5: The Dwyer Years, 1955 to 1962

Chapter 6: A Springboard for the Future

Appendix 1: References

Appendix 2: Reports, Papers, Manuscripts

Appendix 3: Milestones

Appendix 4: Acknowledgements

Appendix 5: Summary by H. N. Warren of the Operation of the Meteorological Section of Allied Air Headquarters, Brisbane, 1942–45



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Pre-war Services for Civil Aviation (continued)

The Commonwealth Government saw the need to create a Civil Aviation Branch in the Department of Defence, with Lieutenant Colonel H. E. Brinsmead OBE MC, as Controller of Civil Aviation. Brinsmead had fought with distinction in Gallipoli and France and, after being wounded at Pozieres, had been appointed Staff Officer at the Australian Flying Corps headquarters in London.

Commonwealth Regulations for Air Navigation came into force on 28 June 1921 and the Commonwealth Government also acquired Nigel Love's bullock paddock aerodrome at Mascot in October of that year.

In the 1920s there were some outstanding individuals obsessed with the development of aviation in Australia. One was Major Norman Brearley DSO MC AFC who, after his return from a brilliant wartime career as a pilot and flying instructor, had established a flying taxi service with two Avro 504K biplanes. His passengers included the WA State Governor and the Mayor of Perth.

Others were Hudson Fysh and 'Ginty' McGinness. McGinness was a crack pilot with the Australian Flying Corps in Palestine in World War I when he suggested to Trooper Hudson Fysh of the First Light Horse Brigade that he transfer to the Flying Corps as an observer and gunner. They had ambitions to compete for the 10 000 pound prize offered by Prime Minister Billy Hughes, but were unable to find backers to finance an aeroplane for them.

Determined to be involved in the air race, they landed the job of surveying landing strips in northern Australia, travelling from Cloncurry to Darwin in the wonderful T model Ford. This remarkable vehicle was a primitive automobile designed and built by American Henry Ford who pioneered the assembly line technique of manufacture.

Driving back from Darwin, Hudson Fysh and McGinness encountered a Queensland grazier, Fergus McMaster, whose car had become bogged in the Cloncurry River. After using the T model Ford to pull his car from the river, they persuaded him that the solution for travel in northern Australia was to fly, and he agreed to finance a local flying service. Thus the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service (Qantas) was born.

People in Bright Sparcs - Warren, Herbert Norman

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Gibbs, W. J. 1999 'A Very Special Family: Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology 1946 to 1962', Metarch Papers, No. 13 May 1999, Bureau of Meteorology

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