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Table of Contents
Glimpse of the RAAF Meteorological Service
Chapter 1: Growing Up
Chapter 2: Port Moresby Before Pearl Harbour
Chapter 3: Port Moresby After Pearl Harbour
Chapter 4: Allied Air Force HQ and RAAF Command, Brisbane
Chapter 5: Japan Surrenders and We Are Demobilised
Appendix 1: References
Appendix 2: Milestones
Dec 1941Jan 1942
Appendix 3: Papers Published in Tropical Weather Research Bulletins
Appendix 4: Radiosonde Observations 194146
Appendix 2: Milestones
This calendar of events was prepared by W. J. Gibbs to provide a background for his reminiscences of his time in the RAAF Meteorological Service from April 1941 to May 1946. The list includes relevant dates in his personal history, dates of significant events in the history of meteorology and aviation in Australia (with particular emphasis on the Royal Australian Air Force), dates of significant events in the war with the Japanese and other dates of general importance. Sources of information in this appendix are mainly from the list of references in Appendix 1.
1788Jul: First astronomical and meteorological observatory established in Sydney by Lieutenant William Dawes, (ceased operation late in 1791).
Meteorological observations made by various private people in the early 1800s.
1822Governor Sir Thomas Brisbane builds astronomical and meteorological observatory at Parramatta where meteorological observations were made until the late 1820s. Observations were made at a variety of sites in NSW thereafter by various private persons.
1840Program of meteorological observations commenced at signal stations at Sydney's South Head, and at Port Philip and Port Macquarie which continued for some years.
1841Meteorological observations commenced in Van Diemens Land at Imperial Astronomical Observatory in Hobart and continued until 1848.
1850Inauguration of University of Sydney.
1853R. L. J. Ellery establishes primitive observatory at Williamstown, Victoria.
1855Charles Todd becomes Superintendent of Telegraphs and Government Astronomer and Meteorologist in Adelaide.
1857Von Neumayer establishes observatory on Flagstaff Hill, Melbourne.
People in Bright Sparcs - Brisbane, Thomas Makdougall; Dawes, William; Ellery, Robert Lewis John; Neumayer, Georg Balthazar; Todd, Charles
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