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Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962





Chapter 1: The Warren Years, 1946 to 1950

Chapter 2: International Meteorology
Meetings of the IMO Technical Commissions in Toronto
The IMO Conference of Directors, Washington DC
The US Weather Bureau
Meeting of IMO Regional Association for the South-west Pacific
Meetings of the IMO International Meteorological Committee

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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Chapter 2: International Meteorology (continued)

As mentioned in Chapter 1, my formal involvement in international meteorology resulted from informing Warren early in 1947 that my application for a position of Lecturer in Geography at the newly formed University College of the University of Sydney had been successful. Warren persuaded me to remain with the Bureau when he offered me the opportunity to accompany him to the meetings of the IMO Technical Commissions in Toronto and the Conference of Directors in Washington DC.

Before accepting Warren's invitation I had long discussions with Audrey. There were obvious disadvantages in accepting his proposal. I would be absent overseas for three months or more. Audrey would have the responsibility of caring for our children and coping with the difficulties of living in our primitive accommodation at Upper Ferntree Gully. Also, she would have the responsibility of oversighting the erection of our new home and for moving our family and what few belongings we had to Blackburn.

The advantages were that Warren's proposal provided an opportunity to further my career in meteorology. The prospect of promotion also would mean a release from shift work and a higher salary. This latter advantage improved our chances of purchasing a block of land in suburban Melbourne, building a home and buying a car. As has always been the case in our marriage Audrey was ready to support any move to further my career even though, in this case, it meant temporary dislocation of our domestic circumstances.

The flight was in a BCPA four-engined unpressurised Douglas DC4. The aircraft had a cruising speed of about 150 knots and flew at an altitude of no more than about 10 000 feet. The legs from Sydney-Nandi (Fiji), Nandi-Canton Island, Canton island-Honolulu and Honolulu-San Francisco took many hours and were very tiring. Possibly because of passenger comfort, but I suspect mainly because of aircraft maintenance, refuelling and the need to rest flight crews, we had overnight accommodation near Nandi airport and in Honolulu.

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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