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George Grant Bond



Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10


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Chapter 5 (continued)

The early part of the new century saw the Weather Service in recession. When Federation was achieved in 1901, a decision was made to make meteorology a Commonwealth responsibility, but with so many pressing needs to be met at that time, the Bill to provide for this did not come before Parliament till 1906, and it was 1908 before it was enacted. From 1901 the Weather Office was placed in the Department of Home Affairs, and housed in two rooms on the top floor of the Treasury Building. It ceased to operate in many respects, maintaining only its weather recording function, and its staff was reduced to a bare minimum. In 1907 the Commonwealth Government was ready to proceed. Headquarters were established in Melbourne, and applications were called for the first Commonwealth Meteorologist, and for Divisional Meteorologists to head the Bureau in each State. Clement Wragge confidently applied for the top position, but the powers-that-be, doubtless aware of his great ability, but wary of his controversial ideas and actions, appointed Mr H. A. Hunt. George Bond applied for the Queensland position, and was successful. So at the age of thirty-three, with already sixteen years of experience in the meteorological field, he began the demanding task of guiding the infant Service through important years of growth and development.

People in Bright Sparcs - Bond, George Grant; Hunt, Henry Ambrose ; Wragge, Clement Lindley

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Spinks, D. and Haynes, I. 1986 'The Life of George Grant Bond Early Queensland Weather Forecaster', Metarch Papers, No. 3 October 1986, Bureau of Meteorology

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