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Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology


Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology 1929–1946 by Allan Cornish
Chapter 1: My Early Days in the Bureau
Chapter 2: Some New Vistas
Chapter 3: The RAAF Measures Upper Air Temperatures
Chapter 4: The Bureau Begins to Grow
Chapter 5: My Voyage in Discovery II
Chapter 6: The Birth of the Instrument Section
Chapter 7: Darwin Days
Chapter 8: I Leave the Bureau

History of Major Meteorological Installation in Australia from 1945 to 1981 by Reg Stout

Four Years in the RAAF Meteorological Service by Keith Swan

The Bureau of Meteorology in Papua New Guinea in the 1950s by Col Glendinning


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Foreword (continued)

If the weather was right they would start at 5 am and work for two hours before breakfast. It was important to thresh the crop while the season was right. It was necessary to light the fire under the boiler at 3am so that there was a full head of steam at 5am. To operate the engine required wood and water, both being carted in the previous day. At the age of 14 Allan was permitted to accompany his uncles on these expeditions and helped to start the fire about 3am.

He was allowed to drive the steam engine and to operate it when it was used to thresh the crops.

Thus from an early age Allan lead an active outdoor life. He was interested in sport, including boxing, and later, when at university participated in that sport, competing against Phillip Law, who later in life was Director of the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE). Another university boxer at that time, in a heavier division, was Weary Dunlop who much later was knighted as Sir Edward Dunlop for his contribution as a medical officer in Australian prisoner of war camps in Indonesia and Malaya.

I feel privileged to have been able to persuade Allan Cornish to have his memoirs tape-recorded. He was one of the first young men with the foresight to realise that a university education was needed if one was to develop the science of meteorology in this country. His initiative made a major contribution to the entry of the Bureau of Meteorology into the new era of science and technology.

I am grateful for the support of Dr John Zillman, Director of Meteorology, in sponsoring the publication of these Metarch Papers. I must also acknowledge the assistance of Esther Amott, Ian Forrest and Ian Stark in the production of this number in the series of Metarch Papers.

W J Gibbs

June 1995

People in Bright Sparcs - Cornish, Allan William; Gibbs, William James (Bill); Zillman, John William

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Cornish, A., Stout, R., Swan, K and Glendinning, C. 1996 'Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology', Metarch Papers, No. 8 February 1996, Bureau of Meteorology

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