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Mr. B. W. Newman, Deputy Director, Sydney
Mr. G. W. Mackey—Deputy Director, Perth
Mr. J. Johnston—Deputy Director, Hobart
Mr. A. J. Shields—Deputy Director, Brisbane
Mr. B. J. Retallack—Supervising Meteorologist, Training
Mr. J. Hogan—Deputy Director, Adelaide
Mr. F. Bell—Officer-in-Charge, Darwin
Mr. P. Ryan—Officer-in-Charge, Darwin
Bureau Profile #1
Dr. Kevin Spillane: The Quality of Tenacity
Taking the World View [John Zillman]
Fred Bell, the Pilot's Friend
Mildura's Harry Storer
Computers—New ADC [Ross Maine]
H. G. Bond
The Sky is the Limit [Bettye Macnicol / Jenny Hopwood]
Hobart Weather Birds [Judy Morris / Felicity James]
Professional Officers' Association Award to Henry [Phillpot]
New Assistant Director Facilities is Keith Henderson
Tasmania's New Regional Director [Ted Phillips]
New Head for ANMRC [Doug Gauntlett]
Tony Powell New Regional Director Victoria
Lynn Mitchell Takes Over the Reins in SA RO Fillerup!
Pat Sullivan New Regional Director, NSW
Bettye Dixon Heads Canberra Liaison Section
Dr Michael Manton Chief of BMRC
Graeme Furler, Regional Director South Australia
Ian Mason, Regional Director ACT
Regional Director Queensland [Rex Falls]
Don Linforth, STPM
Bob Brook, Asst Director (Observations)
Jim Arthur, Regional Director, Northern Territory
Neil Streten Appointed Deputy Director (Services)
Bill Downey, Assistant Director (Executive)
Antarctic Medal Winners
Agrometeorology's Leading Lady [Gloria Bedson]
Ken Wilson—Focus on the 'Big Picture'
Sue Barrell's 'Balancing Act'
Dr Geoff Love Appointed Deputy Director (Services)
Serendipity at 33,000ft: A Win for Metrology—Bruce Forgan's WMO Vaisala Award
Pressure's On for New NCC Head [Mary Voice]
Bob Leighton Wins AMOS Honor for Climate Studies



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No. 190 June 1972, Item 2292 (continued)

As a Weather Officer in the R A.A.F. Harold saw service in New Guinea and New Britain - quite a pleasant war, really, camped near the beach! After discharge he was O.I.C. at Amberley for awhile, and learnt that antics of ants should not be lightly disregarded and that a dead cat is not the best thing to have under the middle of one's office for a fortnight. Thence to Darwin for three years and to Mascot for one year, as O.I.C., before accepting a Regional Office post, that of Sen. Met. (Forecasting) at busy Sydney.

During his 10-year sojourn in Sydney, weather beacons were introduced to Australia by Arthur Gray, then Industrial Manager for the M.L.C, in Sydney. Harold did battle with the late L. J. Dwyer over the code of lights to be used and eventually won the day (no easy matter with L. J.!) A year or two later the M.L.C., realising that people didn't readily remember what the lights foretold, organised a Jingle Competition, intended for M.L.C. staff only. As Harold was receiving "M.L.C. News" and there was no mention of outsiders being debarred, he had a go at it and lo! the judges awarded him the prize of £5. This so embarrassed the M.L.C. that the judging panel had to select the best house entry as well. Who should win another £5 but Arthur Gray himself. Rival poets, indeed!

If you would like to know how to .read those lights, Harold's bit of doggerel verse, as he calls it, might help you.

"The M.L.C. Beacon shows the sign
Red for rain or white for fine;
Flashes long, a change impending,
Rain to come* or rain soon ending;
Flashes short, prepare for gales,
Gather the washing, furl the sails.

Up above, when lights are rising,
warmer weather they're advising;
But when lights are running down,
Out with furs and woolly gown.
Yes, the Beacon's altogether
Tops for telling coming weather".

* Subsequently changed to mean 'showers'.

In 1964 Harold became regional Director for Tasmania, taking the place of Jack Johnston. Right from, the start Harold took a keen personal interest in the welfare of his staff and liked to see everyone happy in his job. Or, for that matter, her job—for since 1965 many women mets. have begun their forecasting career in Hobart; and he had an all-girl communications staff because the men couldn't type (so he says!).

People in Bright Sparcs - Bond, Harold George

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