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Notes Prepared by John Hogan


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Notes Prepared by John Hogan (1896-1970)


To attribute the authorship of these notes to John Hogan without further explanation is likely to cause confusion because there were at least two employees of the Bureau of Meteorology who bore the name Hogan with the single given name John. A convenient method of distinguishing one from the other is to refer to the author of this edition of the series of Metarch Papers as John Hogan (1896–1970).

The other John Hogan (1912–1978) also had a long and distinguished career in the Bureau of Meteorology. Before joining the Bureau in 1937 he had spent five years in the Carnegie Institution's observatory at Watheroo in Western Australia following his graduation as B.Sc. in 1931. After spending some months in the Perth and Melbourne offices of the Bureau he was posted to Port Moresby to establish an aerodrome forecasting office and to organise a meteorological reporting network for Papua and New Guinea. He served in the Bureau's Melbourne and Perth offices from 1940 to 1953, holding commissioned rank in the Royal Australian Air Force from 1941 to 1946. He occupied the position of Deputy Director (later Regional Director) for South Australia from 1953 until his retirement in 1972. He made a significant contribution to the development of the practice of meteorology and is fondly remembered by his former colleagues under the nickname 'Doc' which he acquired in schooldays because of his efforts to treat the injuries of his schoolmates.

John Hogan (1896–1970) was born 23 November 1896. The first of the series of notes in this issue of the Metarch Papers describes his recollections of the Melbourne office of the Bureau in 1915, only six years after its establishment as a federation of the former colonial meteorological services in the six States. Having completed his secondary schooling and passed the Public Service entrance examination he commenced as Clerk Class V in 1915, was promoted to Meteorological Assistant in 1924, Meteorologist (Research) in 1929 and thereafter progressed from Meteorologist Grade I to Grade III in the period to 1940. He held commissioned rank in the Royal Australian Air Force from 1941 to 1945 when he occupied the position of Supervising Meteorologist (Research). From the available records it appears that John Hogan's (1896–1970) service with the Bureau from 1914 to 1945 had been entirely in the Bureau's Melbourne office apart from the summer of 1922–23 when he served on Willis Island, a remote coral cay east of Cairns.

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Hogan, J. 1986 'Notes Prepared by John Hogan (1896-1970)', Metarch Papers, No. 2 March 1986, Bureau of Meteorology

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