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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. 286 May 1988 (continued)

Tony's major interest is in the field of agrometeorology, an area he believed 'was an important meteorological application that needed fostering'. In 1974 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study agricultural meteorology overseas. This led to 10 months at the Rothamsted Experimental Station in the UK and at other centres in Europe and the USA.

He provided consultative advice on methods of frost protection and was responsible for the provision of a warning service.

Tony represented the Bureau at various fire authority meetings and over the years established an excellent rapport with State fire groups.

He has an ongoing interest in aerobiology and in 1969 the Asthma Foundation of South Australia sponsored one of his papers—Meteorology in Relation to Aerobiology—dealing with factors associated with spore movement.

He has also made important contributions in the fields of dispersion of crop diseases, animal husbandry and irrigation.

Tony has of course witnessed many developments over the years and likens advances to the progression from the 'family grocer to the supermarket'. He confesses he misses the early days, before the advent of refrigerated delivery trucks, when icecream and chocolate manufacturers were constant callers, on first name terms, seeking 'inside information' on likely weather trends. There was also the occasional enquiry from 'meat pie producers hoping for a cold snap'.

He also remembers with nostalgia the early forecasts produced in 'copperplate' hand in reproducing ink. The forecasts in those days were lodged by hand at the GPO for dissemination to the media by telegram.

Tony describes advances in communications as 'spectacular' and highly necessary 'to keep pace with today's demands for speedy relay of information'.


At an informal luncheon gathering attended by more than 50 people in the VRO, A/DDS Doug Gauntlett told the assembled guests that there was a 'rich diversity' to Tony's achievements.

He had spent time in the research area, operational forecasting, and had also represented the Bureau internationally on important Committees.

People in Bright Sparcs - Powell, Frank Anthony (Tony)

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