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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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Return to Civvy Street (continued)

The demobilisation of the personnel of the RAAF Meteorological Service was not a simple task. They were scattered throughout the Australian continent and in islands of the South-west Pacific. Those on air force bases were mostly in very small meteorological sections. Those in Divisional Offices were in larger groups while the largest group was in the RAAF Directorate of Meteorological Services, housed in the old headquarters of the Bureau in Melbourne at 2 Drummond Street, Carlton.

It was obvious that the RAAF Meteorological Service could not be disbanded rapidly. Firstly it was necessary to maintain meteorological services at all the bases until the RAAF had no further need for them. It was also necessary to provide services for a rapidly expanding civil aviation industry. Divisional Offices would be required to provide services for the general public and the RAAF Directorate of Meteorological Services would need to be maintained to oversee the dismantling of that Service and to begin the rebuilding of the Bureau.

Some of the staff at 2 Drummond Street would be the last to be demobilised. The process of demobilisation would not be finished until July 1946, almost 12 months after the destruction of Hiroshima.

There were three categories of RAAF Meteorological Service staff awaiting demobilisation. Those members who were pre-war employees of the Bureau and who wished to return to the Bureau; those who had been recruited to the RAAF Meteorological Service from other occupations and wished to return to their former, or other, occupations; and those in that category who wished to join the Bureau.

In this last category there were some of the younger members of the RAAF Meteorological Service who had had their tertiary education deferred or interrupted by the war (for example, Don Handcock, who will be mentioned later in this chapter).

People in Bright Sparcs - Handcock, Don; 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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