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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 Western Australian Divisional Office

Western Australia was a late developer in establishing a colonial meteorological service. Although some meteorological records had been kept in Perth since first settlement in 1829 a Meteorological Branch was not formed until 1876, when it was established as part of the Surveyor General's Department. The branch was transferred to the astronomical observatory in 1896. The meteorological office became the responsibility of the Commonwealth in 1908 when E. B. Curlewis, a former member of the observatory staff, became Divisional Meteorologist.

In her story of the Perth Divisional Office, Margaret Wallace tells that when she joined the office in 1929 it was located in the basement of a building in St. George's Terrace and consisted of one large room with a small room adjoining. She remembered that the only weather charts prepared daily were for 9 am and 3 pm. This practice continued in all the Divisional Offices until 1939 when aerodrome and Divisional Offices began making more frequent observations.

Curlewis retired in 1937 and was succeeded by A. G. Akeroyd, who had worked in Central Office in Melbourne and who is the subject of a rather humorous story in Allan Cornish's Metarch Papers No 8 (1996). A. G. Akeroyd collapsed and died in March 1948 on his way to the office. John Hogan (1912–1978) acted as Deputy Director until a new Deputy Director was appointed.

Now that a second John Hogan with the single initial J. has been introduced, the need to insert dates of birth and death to differentiate them is apparent. John Hogan (1912–1978) was popularly referred to as 'Doc' in the Bureau, the nickname arising from his tendency to supervise the care of any injured player in his footballing days at Kalgoorlie High School.

Following the death of Akeroyd, W. A. Dwyer was promoted to the position of Deputy Director, Perth, but the promotion was upset by a successful appeal by G. W. Mackey, who served in that position until his retirement in 1971.

People in Bright Sparcs - Akeroyd, Arthur Gordon; Cornish, Allan William; Curlewis, Harold Burnham; Dwyer, Walter Anthony; Hogan, John (Doc); Mackey, George William; 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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