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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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Post-War Reorganisation

At this stage the Bureau had settled down into an ad hoc operation with Warren working hard on its re-establishment and reorganisation. Much could be said about his influence in persuading the Minister and Permanent Head of the Department of the Interior, the Public Service Board and the Treasury that he should be given the resources to develop the Bureau, but the results of his efforts will emerge as my story unfolds.

Four people were central to those who helped Warren shape the Bureau's post-war structure. During the war Timcke had been Warren's deputy and played a prominent role in developing the post-war reorganisation.

Roy Hodgins had managed the administrative machinery of posting and promotion of the staff of the RAAF Meteorological Service and played a prominent part in winding-up that Service and assisting in interim arrangements for the return of the Bureau to Civvy Street. However Roy saw a brighter future elsewhere and joined the staff of the Public Service Board. I am told that Jimmy Roach, Chief Clerk, who did not join the RAAF Meteorological Service, was responsible, under Warren's general supervision, for the administration of the civilian staff during the war.

People in Bright Sparcs - Dwyer, Leonard Joseph; Timcke, Edward Waldemar; 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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