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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)

My experience would be typical of many in the years immediately following the war. While still in uniform I was transferred to work in the Air-Mass and Frontal Analysis (AMFA) Section in the Central Office of the Bureau at 2 Drummond Street.

After my transfer from RAAF Command, Brisbane, my wife, Audrey, with our two small daughters, lived with relatives in Sydney, awaiting the time when I could find a place for us to live. I lived for some time in a room in the Dover Hotel, opposite the Trades Hall in Lygon Street, one city block from the Bureau. I vainly searched for suitable accommodation for my family but the shortage of housing was acute and the situation seemed hopeless. My colleague, Henry Phillpot, knew of a very modest house on a hillside opposite the village of Upper Ferntree Gully which was the terminus of the suburban train line which now runs to Belgrave. It required one hour to make the train journey from Melbourne and I found the house had no electric, gas or water supply. Lighting was by kerosene lanterns, heating and cooking by a stove fuelled by firewood and the only water came from a tank located outside the house supplied by water from the roof.

When I made a telephone call from Melbourne to Audrey in Sydney with the news that the only available housing was extremely primitive she dismissed my suggestion that I continue my search for something more suitable and announced that she would be bringing the two small girls to Melbourne by the first available train.

Being young and resilient we managed to live happily in what by today's standards would be judged completely inappropriate for the family of a young professional meteorologist. But the availability and price of rented accommodation was beyond the limits of our modest means. From that time my main objective was to save enough money to buy a modest home. The outcome will be told later in this chapter.

My situation was no worse than that of a large proportion of younger people demobilised from the RAAF Meteorological Service who were seeking to resume a civilian career.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Air Mass and Frontal Analysis Section (AMFA)

People in Bright Sparcs - Phillpot, Henry Robert; 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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