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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 (continued)

It seems that in spite of the pressure of his official duties, Warren spent much of his spare time editing the drafts. Folio 101 dated 14 September 1949 mentions that Warren is on sick leave but is working on the draft at home. An earlier folio indicates that eight copies of the draft had been made.

Folio 112 is a copy of a letter from J. C. Foley, Chief Scientific Officer, to H. P. Mellor asking for return of the draft. This is particularly interesting because it explains the similarity of the formats of the Haldane, Mellor and Joyce histories. Mellor (1958) had access to the Haldane draft when he wrote his war history which in Chapter 22 describes the history of the RAAF Meteorological Service. Joyce had access to the Mellor history when he wrote his Metarch Papers No 5 (1993). It seems likely that the layout of the Haldane history was Warren's idea and this was adopted by Mellor and Joyce in their histories.

It is obvious that Warren made a considerable input to the draft. Haldane was a compiler and produced the first draft. Warren was a contributor and editor. It is interesting to compare the style of Warren's summary in Appendix 5 with the text in the Haldane history. There are unmistakable similarities in literary style.

There is little doubt that the draft had not been revised to Warren's satisfaction at the time of his death in 1950. The fact that a copy was found in the effects of Ralph Holmes after the latter's death suggests that Warren may have referred it to Ralph for comment on the treatment of the subject on which Warren had written in 1945 (see Appendix 5).

The Haldane history was finally published as Metarch Papers No 10 after Don Handcock had edited it. The name of Haldane has been used for convenience rather than to indicate authorship. Haldane made a considerable contribution in collecting material from a wide range of sources and producing a draft. Warren obviously determined the overall layout of the history, wrote some of the text and, in his spare time, edited the draft.

People in Bright Sparcs - Foley, James Charles; Haldane, Thomas; Handcock, Don; Holmes, Ralph Aubrey Edward; Joyce, John; 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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