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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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Antarctic and Southern Ocean Meteorology (continued)

The adventurous life on Macquarie Island was one which he greatly enjoyed and he made life-long friendships with those who had wintered over in the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE)'s bases.

Alan returned to the Perth Divisional Office in 1953 where he was appointed senior forecaster (later supervising meteorologist). He acted as Regional Director on many occasions in Perth and Darwin and retired after a period of long service leave which commenced on 29 March 1974.

Alan and I developed a firm friendship when we first met in the Bureau after the war, a friendship which was to continue until his death at Northampton, WA, on 4 May 1996. He was dearly loved by my wife Audrey, despite the somewhat boisterous parties which developed at our home when she had been persuaded that we should invite him and his Antarctic expeditioners to celebrate with us. His death left a multitude of grieving friends and colleagues.

The other remarkable pioneer of post-war service at sub-Antarctic islands was Aub Gotley who had been a weather officer during the war and was a member of the new Antarctic base at Heard Island. Aub was a quiet person who also became a firm friend. He and Alan inspired many Bureau officers to volunteer for service on Heard and Macquarie Islands and later at Australian bases on the Antarctic continent.

He was one of the most modest and likeable people I have met. His friendly and considerate attitude to all people brought great joy to all with whom he associated, both men and women. An extremely modest but unconventional person he enjoyed nothing better than relaxing with friends, of which he had a great many.

Alan Martin was born in Kalgoorlie on 7 March 1914 and educated at the Goldfields High School. A brilliant student, he graduated B.Sc. with majors in mathematics, physics and chemistry. Alan's parents were both Australian-born, his grandparents having migrated from Scotland on his father's side and from Cornwall on his mother's.

People in Bright Sparcs - 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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