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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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Analysts' Conference, April 1950 (continued)

H. N. Warren participated at the opening session and attended briefly in the afternoon of 18 April to ensure that the conference was running smoothly. He had apparently heard of the intention of participants to recommend action in various sectors of Bureau activity and counselled us to bear in mind the financial practicability of implementing recommendations.

I had the responsibility of arranging the program and coordinating the running of the conference. After the formal opening of the conference I reviewed the agenda and explained that as papers by the various authors had been circulated beforehand it was expected that presentations would be brief to allow as much time as possible for discussion. I also explained that time would be reserved in the last session of each day for consideration of recommendations for action by the Bureau.

It seems likely from Normie Warren's comments on the following day, and from his pencilled comments on the report, that he had some misgivings with the prospect of receiving recommendations for action. It was perhaps the anticipation of a similar outcome that influenced earlier Director (Commonwealth Meteorologist)s that it would not be wise to convene conferences of this type.

During the conference I had frequent consultations with J. C. Foley, advising him of suggestions I proposed to make during discussions. He agreed to a proposal to form a working committee to draft recommendations and asked me to convene and chair the committee.

Unfortunately the report of the conference does not include copies of the papers presented. It gives a list of those attending, a detailed account of discussions and the text of 26 recommendations. The conference recommended that the papers and proceedings be printed and circulated to all officers but this recommendation languished after Warren's untimely death.

All participants were enthusiastic about the outcome of the conference as they were able to make suggestions from the viewpoint of a service provider in a Divisional Office or a field office. The conference did much to promote improved communication between the widely scattered offices of the Bureau and this was reflected in a warm vote of appreciation by Keith Hannay, speaking for participants from Divisional and field offices.

People in Bright Sparcs - Foley, James Charles; Hannay, Alexander Keith (Keith); 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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