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Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962





Chapter 1: The Warren Years, 1946 to 1950
Warren the Man
Warren Joins the Bureau
Wartime Perceptions and Attitudes
Return to Civvy Street
People in the Bureau
Re-establishing and Reorganising the Bureau
Reorganisation of Central Office
The Position of Chief Scientific Officer
Post-War Reorganisation
The Haldane Story
Public Weather Services
The New South Wales Divisional Office
The Victorian Divisional Office
The Queensland Divisional Office
The South Australian Divisional Office
The Western Australian Divisional Office
The Tasmanian Divisional Office
Pre-war Services for Civil Aviation
Post-War Meteorological Service for Aviation
Indian Ocean Survey Flight
The Aviation Field Staff
Synoptic Analysis, Prognosis and Forecasting
Antarctic and Southern Ocean Meteorology
A Wider Scientific Horizon
Research, Development and Special Investigations
Analysts' Conference, April 1950
Instruments and Observations
Radar Winds and Radar Weather Watch
Climate and Statistics
The Universities
Achievements of the Warren Years

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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Warren Joins the Bureau (continued)

Warren had been appointed acting Director of Meteorology when Watt retired in May 1940. Significantly the title of Watt's position had been Director (Commonwealth Meteorologist).

To appreciate the significance of Warren's appointment as acting Director it is useful to consider the report of a meeting in Canberra on 27 May 1940 of a committee appointed by the Minister for the Interior to consider applications responding to an advertisement inviting applications for the position of Director (Commonwealth Meteorologist).

I discovered a copy of this report in the office of L. J. Dwyer, the Director of Meteorology, following his death in 1962. The copy bears no letterhead, file number, signature or other identification. It has the appearance of a confidential document.

Members of the committee are recorded as T. H. Laby, O. U. Vonwiller, Kerr Grant, T. Parnell, Sir David Rivett, Dr J. F. Baldwin (Government Astronomer, Victoria), Mr W. S. Watt (Commonwealth Meteorologist) and Mr J. A. Carradous (Secretary, Department of the Interior). Sir David Rivett is recorded as being unable to attend because of absence overseas.

The circumstance that Laby (Melbourne), Vonwiller (Sydney) and Kerr Grant (Adelaide) were professors of physics/natural philosophy at their respective universities and Rivett was founder and executive head of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) shows that those forming the committee were well aware of the need for scientific direction of the Bureau.

Applicants for the position from the Bureau are listed as A. G. Akeroyd (Divisional Meteorologist, Perth), H. E. Camm (Supervising Meteorologist, Melbourne), J. C. Foley (Supervising Meteorologist, Melbourne), J. Hogan (1896–1970) (Meteorologist Grade 2, Melbourne), D. J. Mares (Divisional Meteorologist, NSW), B. W. Newman, (Meteorologist Grade 2, Sydney), A. S. Richards (Divisional Meteorologist, Qld), E. W. Timcke (Supervising Meteorologist, Melbourne), H. N. Warren (Assistant Director, Administration), Melbourne.

People in Bright Sparcs - Akeroyd, Arthur Gordon; Baldwin, Joseph Mason; Dwyer, Leonard Joseph; Foley, James Charles; Grant, Kerr; Hogan, John; Laby, Thomas Howell; Mares, David John; Newman, Bernard William (Bernie); Richards, Alfred Stanley (Stan); Timcke, Edward Waldemar; Warren, Herbert Norman; Watt, William Shand

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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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