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Table of Contents
Fifty Years of Weather History
Weather Officers25 Years Ago
The Perth RO Since 1929
Remember the Pioneers
Akeroyd the Great
Out with the OldIn with the New [Bill Gibbs / John Zillman]
Dr Bill Gibbs
Dr John Zillman
Meteorological History in the Territory
Edwin Thomas QuayleBureau Research Pioneer
Ninety Years Ago: Birth of the Bureau
Observers and Volunteers
Fifty Years of Weather HistoryNo. 18 January 1958, Item 110
Prior to Federation, each of the six Australian States maintained its own combined Astronomical and Meteorological Service under a Government Astronomer, the headquarters in all cases being the capital city Observatory.
A nucleus of senior Meteorologists from all State Observatories, except Tasmania, formed the professional staff in the early stages, and during those years Meteorologists of junior rank were added, also a Physiographer.
A dwelling at the corner of Victoria and Drummond Streets, Carlton, was acquired to serve as a combined Head Office and Victorian Divisional Office. This building, named "Frosterley" had been the residence and professional rooms of Dr. Snowball, an eminent children's doctor of his time. The building, remodelled internally to some extent, and with new wings occupying space that was formerly devoted to lawns and gardens, still houses the headquarters of the Bureau and the Victorian Divisional Office.
The first Commonwealth Meteorologist was Mr. H. A. Hunt, formerly of the Sydney Observatory and his Assistant Meteorologists were R. F. G. Griffiths, Adelaide, E. T. Quayle, Melbourne, H. M. Jocelyn, Perth and E. Fowles, Brisbane. Some clerical staff from the Melbourne Observatory transferred the Bureau and the balance was recruited locally.
People in Bright Sparcs - Hunt, Henry Ambrose ; Joscelyne, Henry Maurice ; Quayle, Edwin Thomas; Snowball, William
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