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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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Research, Development and Special Investigations (continued)

Harry Treloar's obituary in the April 1963 issue of Weather News pays tribute to his career in the Bureau which began with his appointment as a clerk in the Adelaide Divisional Office in 1915. He was the lecturer in the first two courses of trainee forecasters in 1937. He was a catalyst in the Professional Officers Association of the Commonwealth Public Service, fighting for adequate salaries for professional meteorologists. Under his guidance, Walter Dwyer and I were enlisted in 1949 as advocates to present a case for meteorologists and weather officers before the Public Service Arbitrator. The case resulted in significant adjustments to the salaries of officers in these categories.

In his youth Harry was a fine athlete, playing senior Australian Rules football in Adelaide. He played tennis well into his later years.

On my appointment as Supervising Meteorologist (Research) in August 1948 I was eager to apply some ideas I had gathered from contacts with overseas meteorologists at the IMO conferences in Toronto and Washington DC in 1947. The Bureau's Central Office Research Section had responsibility for CAWDS in which John Lillywhite had succeeded me as OIC. My principal responsibility as Supervising Meteorologist (Research) was to advise the Director and the Chief Scientific Officer (J. C. Foley) on the scientific activities which would improve Bureau services to the general public and to special users. I was also responsible for the overall program of CAWDS and the group of two or three staff responsible for special investigations. Adjoining CAWDS was a small room accommodating two or three people, one a junior meteorologist with responsibility for monitoring the output of radiosonde stations. I believe the group may have been led at different times by Keith Morley and Bruce Kell.

J. C. Poley was a diffident, benign, friendly person whose main personal interest lay in classification of patterns of surface synoptic charts and the investigation of the occurrence of droughts and floods in Australia. His retirement notice in Weather News in August 1957 announced that J. C. Foley had retired on 18 June of that year but gave no details of his career in the Bureau. His obituary, which appears in the February 1967 issue of Weather News, gave remarkably few personal details, but paid tribute to his achievements in producing Bureau publications, particularly Bulletin No 43 on drought. Foley was one of the last of the old school of Bureau meteorologists. They are likely to be misjudged by later generations but they made a significant contribution to the Bureau's development.

People in Bright Sparcs - Dwyer, Walter Anthony; Foley, James Charles; Lillywhite, John Wilson; Treloar, Harry Mayne; 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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