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Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962





Chapter 1: The Warren Years, 1946 to 1950

Chapter 2: International Meteorology

Chapter 3: The Timcke Years, 1950 to 1955
A Period of Consolidation
Aviation Services
Services for the General Public
Rockets and Atomic Weapons
Instruments and Observations
Climate and Statistics
International Activities
Central Analysis and Development
The Universities
The Meteorology Act
Achievements of the Timcke Years

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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By 1950 wartime restrictions had largely disappeared. Motor cars (mainly English or Australian) were available for those with the money to buy them, household appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines and vacuum cleaners were readily available and the wireless (radio) was becoming popular for entertainment, news and general information. In those pre-television days the wireless (radio) was a source of entertainment and relaxation for the whole family. Audrey and I had settled into our new home in Blackburn and life was good.

Radio stations increased the frequency and detail in broadcasting weather forecasts and information from early morning to late in the evening in competition with newspapers which all sought copies of the weather chart, forecasts and general information. The ABC gave much air time to Bureau products, even to the extent of including detailed lists of rainfall and river heights.

Radio stations also began to broadcast warnings of floods, frosts, bushfire risk and tropical cyclones. The general public began to be more aware of the Bureau and the value of its services. All of these developments provided stimulation for Bureau staff to strive for increased accuracy and relevance of forecasts and warnings.

Much of the initiative in seeking such improvements came from the staff of the Divisional Offices. People like John Hogan (1912–1978) in his liaison with the forestry and bushfire people in Perth and Adelaide, George Mackey in Perth and Barney Newman and Arch Shields in Brisbane with their interest in tropical cyclone warnings and the staffs in the Sydney and Melbourne Divisional Offices with their interests in floods and bushfires were eager to develop their warning services. John Lillywhite had a highly competent senior forecaster in Jack Johnston, and John Hogan (1896–1970) had strong support in Sydney with A. K. (Keith) Hannay.

There was also special interest in issuing warnings to farmers of frost and hot humid weather which might affect fruit, and cold snaps posing a danger to sheep.

People in Bright Sparcs - Hannay, Alexander Keith (Keith); Hogan, John; Hogan, John (Doc); Johnston, John (Jack); Lillywhite, John Wilson; Mackey, George William; Newman, Bernard William (Bernie); Shields, Archibald John; Timcke, Edward Waldemar

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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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