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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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Reorganisation of Central Office

Warren, Timcke, Roy Hodgins and WAAAF Napthali appear to have been among the last of the RAAF Meteorological Service to be demobilised, although some outstation staff may have been discharged later. Their photograph, which appeared in one of the Melbourne newspapers in July 1946, shows them still in uniform. The caption of the photograph mentions the imminent disbandment of the RAAF Meteorological Service.

Warren continued as acting Director of Meteorology, pending an administrative decision on the reorganisation of the Bureau. Warren was formally appointed Director of Meteorology on 13 February 1947.

Before Watt's retirement in 1940, Warren was Assistant Director, Administration and Barkley, before his death in 1938, was Assistant Director in charge of Research and Training. After Barkley's death the position was not filled but Hogan (1896–1970) and Treloar both held positions of Supervising Meteorologist (Research). The Central Office structure of the RAAF Meteorological Service was little different from that of the Bureau before the war except that Cornish had charge of a newly formed Instrument Section and Timcke, who had been Supervising Meteorologist (Aviation) became Assistant Director (Administration) with W. A. Dwyer promoted to Timcke's former position. Another Supervising Meteorologist was J. C. Foley in charge of the Climate Section of Central Office.

People in Bright Sparcs - Cornish, Allan William; Dwyer, Walter Anthony; Foley, James Charles; Hogan, John; Timcke, Edward Waldemar; Treloar, Harry Mayne; Warren, Herbert Norman; Watt, William Shand

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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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