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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

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
My Springboard
Proposal for More Staff
Efforts to Improve Scientific Status of the Bureau
Gibbs-Priestley-White Prospectus
Successes and Struggles with Ministers and Permanent Heads
Submission to Royal Commission on Government Administration
The Committee of Inquiry
Achievements 1962 to 1978

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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Submission to Royal Commission on Government Administration (continued)

The years 1973 to 1977 were difficult for the Bureau, particularly so after Whitlam's dismissal by the Governor-General in November 1975. The new Fraser Government embarked on a policy aimed at balancing the budget by reducing expenditure and staff numbers in the Public Service. The Department of Science was given a quota and the Bureau was required to reduce staff numbers. I was naturally unpopular with Ennor and a few of his Canberra staff, although most in his Canberra office maintained a neutral attitude.

With a significant growth in services provided by the Bureau and a considerable increase in the number of staff employed I badly needed a friendly Permanent Head and Minister. Sir Hugh insisted on frequent management meetings in Canberra which contributed nothing to ease the stress of the situation. I found it increasingly difficult to give adequate attention to my commitments as Director of Meteorology, both within Australia and in WMO.

It was evident that Sir Hugh would have welcomed my retirement but I was determined to continue the struggle to save the Bureau from what I saw as a determined effort to wreck it. A continuous source of irritation was a series of decisions interfering with my duties as Director and my position within WMO. Sir Hugh prevented me from attending meetings of the WMO Executive Committee and RA V on the flimsy pretext that I was needed for important consultations in Canberra at the time of the meetings.

People in Bright Sparcs - Ennor, Arnold Hughes

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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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