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Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology


Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology 1929–1946 by Allan Cornish

History of Major Meteorological Installation in Australia from 1945 to 1981 by Reg Stout
Major Installation Projects Involving 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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History of Major Meteorological Installation in Australia from 1945 to 1981 by Reg Stout (continued)

Allan Cornish left the Bureau of Meteorology and took up a position with Telecom. Bill Brann took over the Instrument Section, and was responsible for surface observing equipment, radiosonde systems, wind-finding radar, weather watch radars, automatic weather stations, cloud height measuring, visibility equipment, emergency and special power supplies. The basic functions of the Instrument Section were to provide support for existing facilities, to plan, develop, acquire, instal and maintain new installations and to procure consumables necessary for the operations of the Bureau's observing system.

Max Cassidy was involved in acquiring 277 Navy radars and had a staff at Maribyrnong modifying those units for meteorological observations and their future installation.

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) installed 277 Radars at Perth and Laverton. They had 12 technicians and took 12 weeks to install the radar units (no radiosonde or other meteorological facilities).

Bill Brann and I were summoned by the Director of Meteorology, Len Dwyer, to his office in July 1955. He told us that from that day I would be promoted and would be responsible for the installation and operation of all wind-finding and weather watch radars and radiosonde ground stations. He indicated that I would be responsible for preparation of estimates for installations, travelling allowances and overtime which I would submit through Bill Brann by November of each year. He indicated I would liaise with Department of Works architects and electrical engineers and in selecting sites for new installations.

People in Bright Sparcs - Brann, Harold Walter Allen Neale (Bill); Cornish, Allan William; Dwyer, Leonard Joseph; Stout, Reginald William (Reg)

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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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