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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 Tasmanian Divisional Office

Like Western Australia, Tasmania had a chequered history of colonial meteorology. An Imperial Observatory was established in Hobart in 1841 and meteorological observations were made there until 1848. The first Tasmanian Government Meteorologist was not appointed until 1882.

A. C. Coombes, who had succeeded J. C. Foley as Divisional Meteorologist in 1938, died suddenly in October 1944, and P. T. Dale acted as Divisional Meteorologist until G. W. Mackey was appointed to the position. Mackey was succeeded by H. E. Banfield who served as Deputy Director, Tasmania, until 1948 when he was promoted to Deputy Director, South Australia. Banfield was succeeded by V. J. (Vic) Bahr.

Vic and his wife Kay lived in a rather draughty old residence attached to the Bureau in the Anglesea Military Barracks high on a hill in Hobart. With an outgoing personality Vic was soon invited to be a member of the officers mess at the Barracks through which he made a lot of contact with the Hobart community.

Vic Bahr made a special contribution in Hobart, promoting a lively image for the Bureau among Tasmanians. He also had a dynamic impact on the forecasting routine, instituting four-day outlooks. These outlooks were assisted by Jack Langford, a brilliant synoptician with the necessary skills in Southern Ocean analysis and prognosis. Vic Bahr also developed a special rapport with the French Antarctic expeditions which used Hobart as a provisioning and debriefing depot in the operation of their base in Adelie Land.

People in Bright Sparcs - Bahr, Victor John; Banfield, Henry Evans; Foley, James Charles; 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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