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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)

Management of this demobilisation, recruitment of additional staff to fill positions vacated by demobilised staff leaving the Bureau, maintenance of meteorological services still required by the RAAF, and the immediate task of providing services to meet post-war civilian requirements was a mammoth task which H. N. Warren, with the assistance of Central Office staff (particularly Roy Hodgins), accomplished in a remarkable fashion.

Warren also had the task of planning and implementing a reorganisation of the Bureau to meet the requirements for meteorological services for the next decade. These requirements had changed dramatically from those of pre-war years.

Before proceeding to examine the post-war history of the Warren years it is interesting to reflect on the personal experiences of some of those demobilised.

The most fortunate were those whose office location did not change throughout the war. Their domestic situation was not unduly dislocated. Some Central Office and Divisional Office staff belonged to this category, including H. N. Warren. Nevertheless the war years and those that followed were a particularly stressful time for him and undoubtedly contributed to his premature death.

The majority of the younger staff in the RAAF Meteorological Service did not have a permanent home during the war, many having married shortly before or during that period. They were faced with two major objectives, to resume the career they had before the war and to establish a home for their family. If their place of work had changed they were faced with a major problem of finding a home in a new town or city.

In my reminiscences of the RAAF Meteorological Service (Gibbs, 1995) I mention those on the forecasters' course of 1940. Of the 22 students on that course at least nine of my former colleagues, mostly schoolteachers, chose to return to their old profession. Of the remainder, eleven joined or rejoined the Bureau and some, like me, worked in a city in which they had not lived with their family before.

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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