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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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Forecasts and warnings, information on current weather and on climate were issued from the colonial meteorological services located in the capital city of each State in the latter half of the 19th century. These forecasts were published in newspapers, displayed on flagpoles on observatories and other buildings, and displayed on notice boards (mainly outside the General Post Office of the capital city). Many of these meteorological offices were located in Astronomical Observatories.

After Federation in 1901 this continued although it was recognised that the new Commonwealth Government, then located in Melbourne, would assume responsibility for this service. The processes for the formal creation of the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology were not finalised until 1908 and the history of the operation of meteorological services from 1901 to 1908 has yet to be written.

Hogan (1986), Lillywhite (1992), Hannay (1994), Gibbs (1995) and Cornish (1996) provide some information on the operation of Central Office and the Divisional Offices. With the creation of the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology in 1908 it took some time for the Divisional Offices in each State to change their method of operation from that of the earlier colonial meteorological offices, the main change occurring in Melbourne, the seat of the Commonwealth Parliament, where the Central Office of the newly created Bureau was established. As Hogan and Cornish describe, the Commonwealth Meteorologist, H. A. Hunt, sought to coordinate public weather services throughout the Commonwealth but the Divisional Meteorologists, in charge of the separate Divisional Offices in each State, tended to act with a large measure of independence in providing meteorological services for the general public. The general public reaction was to regard the Divisional Offices as the State Weather Bureaus and within the Bureau the Divisional Offices were commonly referred to as the Sydney Bureau, Perth Bureau, etc.

People in Bright Sparcs - Cornish, Allan William; Haldane, Thomas; Hannay, Alexander Keith (Keith); Hogan, John; Hunt, Henry Ambrose ; 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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