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Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962





Chapter 1: The Warren Years, 1946 to 1950

Chapter 2: International Meteorology

Chapter 3: The Timcke Years, 1950 to 1955
A Period of Consolidation
Aviation Services
Services for the General Public
Rockets and Atomic Weapons
Instruments and Observations
Climate and Statistics
International Activities
Central Analysis and Development
The Universities
The Meteorology Act
Achievements of the Timcke Years

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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Albina Marceglia (nee Heberling) was born on 6 October 1919 in Fiume (Rijeka) at the northern end of the Adriatic Sea. It is a city which has been fought over many times in this and earlier centuries, and over which many national flags have been flown. Her father was Austrian-Hungarian and her mother Croatian. They lived in the Italian part of the city but Albina attended school in the Croatian part. The four languages commonly spoken in Fiume were Italian, Croatian, German and Hungarian.

When she was sixteen Albina's father, a draftsman with the Italian shoe manufacturing company Bata, died and her family moved to the Croatian part of Fiume where her mother rented a house and took in boarders. After completing her secondary education with good marks in physics and mathematics Albina gained employment with a motor-car business in Fiume.

Albina and her husband, an Italian born in Fiume, were married in 1939. He was an officer in the Italian Navy and served as chief-engineer on one of its ships. Italy invaded Yugoslavia in 1941 and Albina worked in occupied territory during the war, her mother looking after Albina's two small daughters in Fiume. Wartime was a difficult period for Albina and her family with Albina's husband on duty at sea and Albina separated from her children.

After the war Albina's husband served on a Canadian minesweeper in the Adriatic and, experiencing difficulty in finding accommodation for their family, they decided to migrate to Australia under the refugee scheme.

They arrived in Melbourne in a shipload of refugees on 13 February 1950 with 50 pounds ($100) and were sent to the Bonegilla migrant camp where the family lived in military barracks with other refugees and their families.

Albina's husband was sent off grape-picking and she lodged her small children in a convent boarding school while she obtained a position in Kyneton as a nanny in a family of seven children.

People in Bright Sparcs - Marceglia, Albina Zora; Timcke, Edward Waldemar

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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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