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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 Victorian Divisional Office

Like Sydney, the Melbourne office had a history extending back to colonial days with Georg von Neumayer having been colonial Government Meteorologist from 1857 to 1863.

There was no Divisional Office for Victoria before and during the war, with forecasts, warnings and other weather information supplied by the forecasting section of Central Office. Warren's reorganisation established a Deputy Director for Victoria in April 1947. John Hogan (1896–1970) acted for a brief period before Tommy Camm became Deputy Director in charge of the provision of public weather services for Victoria in July 1947.

Tommy had served with the AIF in France in World War I, where a war wound caused the loss of sight in one eye. He was a man of great dignity, with a military bearing. His principal assistant was Jack Johnston, a former schoolteacher who joined the RAAF Meteorological Service and remained with the Bureau after the war. Jack, like Keith Hannay and Jack Wiesner in Sydney, brought a fresh approach to forecasting.

People in Bright Sparcs - Hannay, Alexander Keith (Keith); Hogan, John; Johnston, John (Jack); Neumayer, Georg Balthazar; 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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