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Seventy-Five Years at Willis Island



Chapter 1: Willis Island Today

Chapter 2: Willis Island is Conceived

Chapter 3: Willis Island is Born

Chapter 4: The Early Years

Chapter 5: Life in the 1930s

Chapter 6: Willis Island at War (1941–42)

Chapter 7: After the War

Chapter 8: Willis Island—1960s Style

Chapter 9: The Value of Willis Island

Chapter 10: The Original Inhabitants

Appendix 1: Willis Island Milestones

Appendix 2: Willis Island Officers

Appendix 3: Log of Willis Island Observations, December 1922

Appendix 4: References


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Appendix 4: References

  • Brandt D., Instrumentation at Willis Island, personal communication, 1996
  • Butler J., An informal introduction to Willis Island (unpublished)
  • Crane G. D., Personal communication
  • Cutler C., Expedition extracted from Overseas Telecommunication Veterans Association Newsletter
  • Davis J. K., Willis Island—A storm warning station in the Coral Sea, Critchley Parker, Melbourne, 1923
  • Davis J. K., Willis Island Meteorological Station, Report to the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, 1922
  • Inglis R., Willis Island extracted from Overseas Telecommunication Veterans Association Newsletter.
  • Lever L. et al, Notes prepared by Willis Island staff 1996 (L. Lever, R. Beggs and M. Anderson)
  • McCarthy I., Personal communication, 1996
  • Riethmuller E., Personal communication with Lyndon Wade, 1981
  • Ruckert P., Personal communication, 1996
  • Smith W. T. P., Personal communication, 1996
  • Wilgar M., Willis Island—A Natural History Report December 1993, private publication, 1994

Note: The story in Chapter 5 is believed to have first appeared in the periodical SIGNAL, and to have been based on notes made by Norman Olsen which were passed to SIGNAL by his wife. The Overseas Telecommunication Veterans Association Newsletter reproduced the story in April 1990.

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Fletcher, P. 1996 'Seventy-Five Years at Willis Island', Metarch Papers, No. 9 December 1996, Bureau of Meteorology

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