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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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Preface (continued)

In the introduction to my glimpse of the RAAF Meteorological Service (Metarch Papers No 7) I suggested that 'like beauty, history lies in the eye of the beholder', and that 'the historian's view of history is coloured by the interests and prejudices of the writer and influenced in some degree by propaganda (political correctness) and general community values at the time of writing'.

On page 114 of 'Mr. Bligh's bad language' (Dening, 1992), the author (Emeritus Professor of History, University of Melbourne) has written 'It is the way of history to run in fashions', and on page 170 says 'E. H. Carr has scandalised his historical colleagues by enunciating the principle that a historical fact is not what has happened but the small part of what has happened that has been used by the historian to talk about. History is not the past. It is the consciousness of the past used for present purposes'.

Reminiscences in the Metarch Papers series are valuable because the personal views they express reflect community attitudes of those times which often differ considerably from those of the present.

W. J. Gibbs
Melbourne. December, 1997.

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

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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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