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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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Wartime Perceptions and Attitudes (continued)

The Federal Government introduced a propaganda campaign, urging young men to volunteer for the armed services and the general public to support the war effort by purchasing war bonds and conserving items in short supply.

Slogans on cinema newsreels, in newspapers and on hoardings urged the population to "support the war effort", to remember that "the enemy is listening" and to consider "is your journey really necessary?".

As the war progressed physically fit young men were conscripted for military service, older men were recruited to work on construction projects and young women were invited to join the land army to work on farms which had lost their employees to military service.

Primary and secondary industry was conscripted to work on projects essential to the production of war supplies. Wartime requirements caused a major transformation to the industrial scene.

Those in the armed services were supplied with food, clothing, accommodation and transport although they had no choice but to accept what was offered. At the same time those with families were well aware of the sacrifices being made on the home front. After almost six years of war most of those in uniform were eager to see the end of military service and most families were keen to have them home and see the end of wartime rationing.

By war's end those in military service had become accustomed to a vastly different way of life from that in pre-war days, as had the civilian population, and some adjustments were necessary to adapt to peacetime conditions.

People in Bright Sparcs - Warren, Herbert Norman

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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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