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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
No. 237 Oct/Nov 1976, Item 2971 (continued)
"As a tipster it put Weather Man Akeroyd right on top. He tipped that the mercury would go over the century mark."
Akeroyd, a rather burley, balding man known generally as "AK" is remembered by his colleagues for his ready wit, a keenly developed commercial sense, and personal idiosyncrasies. A typical telephone conversation would run:
Enquirer: "I'm sailing to Rottnest. What's the forecast?"
Akeroyd: "We've issued a gale warning. The first half will be very rough with strong nor-westers."
Enquirer: "What about the second half?"
Akeroyd: "There won't be a second half."
Or he would charmingly convince a caller, while puffing on an old rusty pipe and twiddling his pencil between both thumbs and forefingers, with the explanation, "it'll be fine tomorrow if we don't have a change in the meantime".
One of his junior assistants recalls an early smoking habit, "he would stick a pin into the butt and smoke it to the lost shred of tobacco". Another, his sole administrative assistant at the time, a lady, recalls his impatience with clerical formalities "I saw him once authorise a purchase of a utility for the Commonwealth with a penny receipt book". Never noted for his punctuality Akeroyd supposedly had an agreement with a similarly inclined subordinate never to acknowledge the other's presence on the Cottesloe bus on the way to work.
People in Bright Sparcs - Akeroyd, Arthur Gordon
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