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Weather News


Fifty Years of Weather History
Weather Officers—25 Years Ago
The Perth RO Since 1929
Remember the Pioneers
Akeroyd the Great
Out with the Old—In with the New [Bill Gibbs / John Zillman]
Dr Bill Gibbs
Dr John Zillman
Meteorological History in the Territory
Edwin Thomas Quayle—Bureau Research Pioneer
Ninety Years Ago: Birth of the Bureau

Personal Notes



Observers and Volunteers




Contact us
No. 18 January 1958, Item 110 (continued)

Development of aviation between South Africa and Australia necessitated the establishment of a meteorological office at Cocos Island.

Among the many special activities in which the Bureau has co-operated in a large scale were the Royal Visit 1954 and the Olympic Games 1956.

Activities that have developed recently are Fire Weather Research, Weather Television sessions in Melbourne and Sydney, weather forecasts by means of beacons, and weather forecasts by automatic telephone in Melbourne.

At present, action is being taken to establish a Hydrometeorological Section within the Bureau.

Readjustment of accommodation necessitated the transfer of the Training Section in 1956 from the Horticultural Hall to premises at 180 Exhibition Street. Some other Head Office staff were accommodated there as well. Another building at 265 Spring Street has been acquired to which the transfer of the whole statistics section is proposed while office space for other sub-sections will be utilised.

The estimates of the current financial year are: Salaries £855,000, General Expenses £1,277,000. In 1908 they were respectively £12,000 and £19,000. The present staff is 612 having increased from 49 in 1908.

A complete re-organisation of the Bureau has been submitted and is now receiving the attention of the Board.

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