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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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The Haldane Story

Among Warren's many objectives in rebuilding the Bureau was his wish to have some record of the history of the RAAF Meteorological Service. It was understandable that at the time he was engaged in re-establishing and reorganising the Bureau he was keen to arrange for the preparation of a history of the past five years.

One of his individual contributions to the history of the RAAF Meteorological Service was his four page summary of the history of a RAAF Meteorological Service unit attached to the headquarters of the Allied Air Forces (A.A.F.), a part of General MacArthur's headquarters which moved from Melbourne to Brisbane in July 1942. Ralph Holmes and I were the original members of this unit, having been posted to Allied Air Headquarters at that time.

Warren's four-page summary dated 5 December 1945 is reproduced in Appendix 5. It is written in the Warren style and seems likely to be based on information provided by Ralph as the former OIC of the unit.

During an examination of Bureau material in the Commonwealth Archives (then located in Brighton near Melbourne) in 1980, I came across Bureau correspondence file 60/2525 (formerly 44/2525) which contained information on the history of the RAAF Meteorological Service. Folio 70 of this file, dated 29 April 1946 indicates that Thomas Haldane (formerly an observer in the RAAF Meteorological Service) had been assigned to organise material for the preparation of a war history of the RAAF Meteorological Service. The file indicates that Haldane was given the task of gathering material from a wide range of former members of the RAAF Meteorological Service both by correspondence and personal interview. I clearly remember him interviewing many people in the Central Office in 1946–47, It seems that Warren had the idea of arranging the preparation of the history as early as 1944 and that Haldane's assignment had the effect of accelerating the preparation of the history.

Haldane resigned from the Bureau in June 1947 with the draft of the history still unfinished, although by that stage considerable progress had been made. He had obtained a considerable amount of information which had been incorporated in the draft.

People in Bright Sparcs - Haldane, Thomas; Holmes, Ralph Aubrey Edward; 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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