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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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With the large reduction in manpower following demobilisation from the RAAF and a major increase in requirements for meteorological services there was an urgent requirement to recruit and train suitably qualified personnel for a variety of positions in the Bureau.

In addition to the need for more meteorologists and observers the advances in technology during the war required training of technicians to maintain and operate radiosonde and radar equipment.

Harry Ashton, a classmate of mine in the 1940 forecasters' training course, was well qualified to take charge of the Training School. It was located in the Horticultural Hall above the branch of the Commonwealth Bank on the corner of Victoria and Russell Streets, not far from 2 Drummond Street.

Before joining the Bureau in 1940 Harry had been a high school science teacher in South Australia. During the war he served as chief meteorological officer with the RAAF First Tactical Air Force in the Netherlands East Indies.

Harry, with the assistance of a staff which included Charlie James and Kevin Lomas, carried on the training program which Doug Forder had maintained during the war, with the assistance of Fritz Loewe and Uwe Radok of the University of Melbourne.

Doug chose to return to the teaching profession after the war but Harry remained with the Bureau.

People in Bright Sparcs - Ashton, Henry Tamblyn (Harry); Forder, Douglas Highmoor (Doug); Loewe, Fritz; Lomas, K. C. (Kev); 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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