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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)

I was quickly approaching my 60th birthday in May 1981. Twelve months earlier I had acquired a beautiful site for a new home on a volcanic hill with a 270 degree outlook overlooking the Gold Coast, nine minutes from Surfers Paradise. The house and pool were built and our young son and his lovely new wife occupied the residence for 18 months before I retired. Our eldest daughter, her husband and children were making plans to come up here on the Coast—I had two children in Melbourne and one in Perth and I have 14 grandchildren in 1995.

I completed the details for the site for the Sydney radar and together with Trevor Donald, NSW Regional Maintenance Officer, selected a site on State land at Letter Box near the Cataract Reservoir south of Sydney. We made a deal with the NSW Lands Department to erect a tower to house the power supply and radar dish and under this to provide a glass room with 360 degree outlook for the fire watchers. That is how we got the site.

The radar has a microwave link and was planned to serve both the Sydney Regional Forecasting Centre and Sydney Airport Weather Service Office. The Airport Met office sees the storms coming and where they are going. It is a great advantage being able to scan over the Airport proper. Trevor Donald put a great deal of time into this installation and is delighted with the results. He told me the coverage is wonderful.

I also had completed the specifications for the relocation of the meteorological office at Lord Howe Island. I was content to sit back and wait for May when I would retire.

People in Bright Sparcs - 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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