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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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People in the Bureau

In these reminiscences of the Warren years, 1946 to 1950,I will describe my recollections of many of the staff I knew and others who played a significant part in its development but at this juncture it is appropriate to say something of the nature of the variety of people who participated in re-establishing and reorganising the Bureau.

They were people of different ages, experience, academic qualifications and backgrounds.

Some had been with the Bureau from the time of World War I and many of those had seen active service in that war. Others had joined the Bureau in the 1920s or early 1930s. They had a wide variety of academic backgrounds and many had been clerks engaged in meteorological work of various kinds. Many realised that university qualifications would be needed to become professional meteorologists and acquired these qualifications by studying out of office hours. None of these people had formal classroom training in meteorology. They acquired their professional training by reading textbooks and learning from their fellows on the job.

All worked in the Central Office of the Bureau at 2 Drummond Street or in the Divisional Offices at Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart. They were in general somewhat formal people, as was the custom of that time, addressing their colleagues as Mister or Miss unless there was a personal friendship. Allan Cornish recalled that when Dan Hodge, the Chief Clerk, addressed the messenger boys, of which Tom Hall was one, he would call them Mr Hall, etc. The reminiscences of John Hogan (1896–1970) in Metarch Papers No 2 (1986), John Lillywhite in Metarch Papers No 4 (1992) and Allan Cornish in Metarch Papers No 8 (1996) also mention the formal atmosphere in the Bureau in the period 1914 to 1938. But this formality was a part of the accepted social behaviour of that time.

Among the staff in the post-war Bureau in 1946 were those in the first of two forecasters' training courses in 1937. Some had occupied positions of meteorological assistant in the Bureau and others had joined the Bureau to undertake the course. Some had university qualifications but many had not proceeded beyond secondary school.

People in Bright Sparcs - Cornish, Allan William; Hall, Thomas Taylor (Tom); Hogan, John; Lillywhite, John Wilson; 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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