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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

Four Years in the RAAF Meteorological Service by Keith Swan

The Bureau of Meteorology in Papua New Guinea in the 1950s by Col Glendinning
Brief History and Geography
Station Operations
Air Transport
The Port Moresby Office
Housing for Bureau Staff, Port Moresby
Staff Members and Their Families
Local Transport
Entertaining, Sport and Lifestyle
Shopping Facilities
Native Servants
Communication with Native Servants
Forecasting Problems in Port Moresby
Other Comments


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


Colin Glendinning was born in 1920 at Subiaco, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia; a first generation Australian on his father's side, whose family came from Dumfries and the Isle of Mull, Scotland. His mother's family were early settlers in Roebourne in the Pilbara district of Western Australia. A street in Karratha is named for his mother's family.

Colin attended schools in three states, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland, and after matriculation was a student seeking a degree in Applied Science when war was declared.

In 1940 he volunteered for the Royal Australian Navy and was assigned to serve on loan to the Royal Navy. It would be four years before he returned to Australian shores, having seen active service at sea in the Arctic, North Sea, North and South Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean, the Pacific, East Indies and northern Australian waters. After six years active service he was demobilised lieutenant, RANVR, having gained his commission in England in 1942.

People in Bright Sparcs - Glendinning, Colin (Col)

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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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