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Mr. B. W. Newman
Retirement of Walter Dwyer
Gerry O'Mahony—Thirty Years On
The Retoubtable George Mackey, Retd.
Retirement of ADR [Neil McRae]
A Long and Fruitful Innings [John Lillywhite]
Pat Ryan Retires
Harry Ashton Retires
'Fly Boy' Retires [Bill Brann]
Our Actor Steve [Lloyd]
Our Man in the Region Retires [Keith Hannay]
ADM Retires [Allen Bath]
Regional Director Queensland Retires [Arch Shields]
ANMRC Head Retires [Reg Clarke]
Vic Bahr's Last Bow
Long Serving Officers Retire [Jack Maher and Kev Lomas]
Allan Brunt Retires, 38 Years in 'the Met'
Henry Phillpot Retires
A Stout With a Dash! [Reg Stout]
Around the Regions [Keith Stibbs]
Bill Smith Bows Out—47 Year Record
Smooth Traffic Ahead for Keith Henderson
Happy Retirement, and Happy Birthday too! [Ralph de la Lande]
Air Dispersion Specialist Calls it a Day [Bill Moriarty]
Bob Crowder Retires
Grass Looks Greener for Tony [Powell]
Farewell France [Lajoie]
Forty Four Years in Meteorology—John Burn Remembers
Des Gaffney bows out
After Only 41 Years . . . Shaw, Enough! [Peter Shaw]
Brian Bradshaw departs, 45 Years On . . .
Bill Ware Ends on a High Note
Peter Barclay Retires
Mal Kennedy Retires
'The Ice Man Goeth . . .' DDS Neil Streten Calls it a Day
Dan of the 14,016 Days [Dan Lee]
A Launceston Boy Gone Wrong: Peter Noar Bows Out
It's Official—Climate Change Confirmed [Bill Kininmonth]
Victorian Forecasting Legend Bids Us Farewell [Ian Russell]
Gentleman Doug Gauntlett Retires
Queensland Regional Director Calls it a Day [Rex Falls]
Assistant Director (Services) Retires and Tributes Flow In [Bruce Neal]
NSW Regional Director Retires [Pat Sullivan]


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No. 216 August 1974, Item 2652 (continued)

(It is a tribute to John's phenomenal ability to remember past events that he could recall all those on the course, and what had happened to them).

At the end of his training course, John was sent to Adelaide Airport (then at Parafield) for 15 months, while Doc Hogan went north to Moresby to start the Papua New Guinea service, Keith Hannay went to Rose Bay, Sydney, and Neil McRae went to Essendon. By 1939, John was back at Head Office, with the beginning in April that year of the first round-the-clock weather service in Melbourne and Sydney. On the Melbourne weather table (housed in what is now the despatch/registry area at No. 2 Drummond St.) with him were Neil McRae, Pat Squires and Joe Walpole.

In April 1941, most of the Bureau's staff went into the R.A.A.F. By this time the met. ranks had been swelled by such notables as Allen Bath (from the 1938–39 training course), Bill Gibbs, Harry Ashton and Arch Shields (from the 1940 course), and Vic Bahr and Frank Hannan (1941 course). John Lill.ywhite spent a Year in Sydney, then at the end of 1942 was sent to Darwin where he was Area Met. Officer until 1944 (preceded by Neil McRae and followed by Keith Hannay). Another year followed back at Parafield, then on to Townsville and Morotai, where he saw the war out. From Morotai (now part of Indonesia), he spent four months at Madang and another four at Moresby, finally returning to Australia at the end of July 1946. John, who attained the rank of squadron leader, was the last RAAF met. officer out of New Guinea.

He spent 1946–51 back at HO Melbourne in the analysis section, then had charge of the training school for several years before his appointment as RD Vic (or as it was known then, Deputy Director, Victoria). Incidentally, the Bureau's old training school was just across Victoria Street at the Horticultural Hall.

After five years as RD Vic (with an office in what is now Registry), John was appointed ADS in 1958 and in the last 16 years has served frequent spells-as acting Director, first alternating with Bill Gibbs when L. J. Dwyer was overseas, and again when Bill moved into the top chair following Dwyer's death in May 1962.

He has represented the Bureau overseas at the Pacific Science Congress in New Zealand in 1949, an aviation met conference with Ralph Holmes (SRER) at Montreal in 1959, a U.S. Asian military weather symposium at Baguio in the Philippines in 1960, the 19th and 20th meetings of the South Pacific Air Transport Council at Suva in 1969 and again in 1973, and the fifth meeting of the WMO Commission for Synoptic Meteorology (now Basic Systems in Geneva during June-July 1970 with Ted Phillips.

People in Bright Sparcs - Lillywhite, John Wilson

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