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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
Proposal for More Staff
Efforts to Improve Scientific Status of the Bureau
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, 194245
Achievements 1962 to 1978 (continued)The long hours spent working in the Bureau and the many overseas visits I made from 1962 to 1978 left little time for other pursuits. Our family had increased with the birth of another daughter, Amanda, and I spent what spare time I had with my wife Audrey, daughters Jennifer, Judie and Amanda and son Gregory. My principal relaxation in the 1960s and 1970s was building a holiday house on Phillip Island. There was no other spare time to participate in sporting activity. It was not until the late 1970s that I became a golfer, having left it far too late to reach any degree of proficiency in a game which I thoroughly enjoyed.
In my retirement I have admired the work of my successor Dr John Zillman, who has brought the Bureau to a state of excellence which is in the forefront of the meteorological services of the world. He was fortunate to begin his term as Director with a highly supportive Permanent Head, Dr John Parrands, who administered his department with the clear understanding that under the terms of the Meteorology Act, 1955, the Director of Meteorology has authority to manage the Bureau with policy guidance from the Minister and Permanent Head. I was similarly fortunate to begin my term as Director with Dick Kingsland as Permanent Head and was lucky to have John Farrands in that position when I retired.
John Zillman has achieved the distinction of being the first southern hemisphere meteorologist to be elected to the prestigious position of President of WMO. It is a richly deserved recognition of the contribution he has made to international meteorology.
I believe that John, like me, would acknowledge that achievements of the Bureau in the last 35 years owe much to the efforts of the very special family which staffed the Bureau in the years 1946 to 1962.
People in Bright Sparcs - Farrands, John Laws; Kingsland, Richard; Zillman, John William
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