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Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962





Chapter 1: The Warren Years, 1946 to 1950

Chapter 2: International Meteorology

Chapter 3: The Timcke Years, 1950 to 1955

Chapter 4: A Year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Chapter 5: The Dwyer Years, 1955 to 1962

Chapter 6: A Springboard for the Future

Appendix 1: References

Appendix 2: Reports, Papers, Manuscripts

Appendix 3: Milestones

Appendix 4: Acknowledgements

Appendix 5: Summary by H. N. Warren of the Operation of the Meteorological Section of Allied Air Headquarters, Brisbane, 1942–45



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A Very Special Family: Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology 1946 to 1962


As Minister responsible for the Bureau of Meteorology from 1964 to 1967, I was delighted to accept John Zillman's invitation to write this Foreword to Dr Bill Gibbs's Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology from 1946 to 1962.

Bill's memories of a 'very special family' provide a unique insight into the history of a very special Australian institution from the end of World War II up until he became its sixth Director in 1962 at the age of forty-five. His already published A Glimpse of the RAAF Meteorological Service deals with the earlier years from the time of his joining the Bureau in Sydney in 1939.

I understand that Bill has felt it best to leave to others the task of chronicling the history of the Bureau over the sixteen years that he served as its Director from 1962 to 1978.

The early years of that period, however, were the years of my closest involvement with the Bureau. Bill Gibbs was the newly appointed Director of Meteorology and I was a very young Minister for the Interior. They were exciting and challenging years for us both—years in which I became aware of the enormous importance of the Bureau's services to all sectors of the Australian community and the outstanding dedication and professionalism of the Director and his staff.

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

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Gibbs, W. J. 1999 'A Very Special Family: Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology 1946 to 1962', Metarch Papers, No. 13 May 1999, Bureau of Meteorology

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