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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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Frosterley (continued)

His grand-daughter Sally Snowball Rowe recalls that he was "quite an imposing man . . . six feet four inches tall, rather stout and, as was the fashion of the time, partial to a cigar". Sally Rowe says that he was a bon-vivant, gourmet, theatregoer and participant in supper parties.

William Snowball had lived at Frosterley for only 10 years when ill health forced him into early retirement. He died at his country property at Narracan, Victoria, on 22 April 1902.

Frosterley was then leased by the proprietors of a private school who gave it the name University High School, which provided board for male pupils. The school vacated the premises in 1907 when the lease was taken over by the Commonwealth Government to accommodate the newly formed Bureau. The Commonwealth purchased the property in 1924.

Now we come to the remarkable coincidences connected with the naming of Frosterley. According to Sally Snowball Rowe, the fact that a Dr Snowball lived, and had his surgery, in a building with the name Frosterley caused some hilarity among the residents of Carlton and Melbourne at that time. But the origin of the name came from the family association with the village of Frosterley in County Durham, England, which was the birthplace of Dr William Snowball's father John. There was a close family association with the county from which Dr William Snowball's parents, John and Katherine, came. Their residence in North Melbourne bore the name Durham House.

The remarkable coincidence of Dr William Snowball naming his residence Frosterley became even more remarkable when the Commonwealth Government leased and later purchased the building to house the Weather Bureau. This was made even more of a coincidence when long-serving members of the Bureau and former members of the RAAF Meteorological Service (not knowing how the building came to have its name) decided to name their newly-formed social club Frosterley because of the happy memories of their time in that building. Almost every member of the Bureau had worked in or visited the building many times as young meteorological trainees.

People in Bright Sparcs - Snowball, William; 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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