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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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Climate and Statistics

When J. C. Foley was promoted to the position of Chief Scientific Officer in 1948 his place as Supervising Meteorologist (Climatology) was taken by B. W. (Barney) Newman, who had acted as Divisional Meteorologist (Deputy Director) NSW on many occasions after the retirement of Davy Mares in 1945 and had served in that Divisional Office for many years. Barney served in that position for four years before he was promoted to Divisional Meteorologist, Brisbane in 1952. He was succeeded by Harry Ashton, although Harry's service with the AWRE nuclear weapons tests interrupted his tenure as Supervising Meteorologist (Climatology).

Climate Sections in the Central and Divisional Offices, which had provided a great deal of advice for a wide variety of private and Government bodies during the Warren years post-war, continued services which required a great deal of research and special investigations. In addition they continued to provide representatives for the Climatological Committees in each of the State capitals.

The Central Office Climate Section also produced a series of publications in support of development of rural areas as well as the routine publication of climate data.

Perhaps the most significant development in the climate area in the Timcke years was the further development of the punch-card recording of climate data which had commenced in the Warren years. The story of Des Halsted has been told in the section on climate and statistics in Chapter 1.

The introduction of punch-cards for recording the results of meteorological information required the recruitment of punch-card operators and these were a band of female immigrants, many of whom arrived in Australia as refugees from the war torn countries of Europe. They each had remarkable backgrounds. The story of Albina Zora Marceglia is one example.

People in Bright Sparcs - Ashton, Henry Tamblyn (Harry); Foley, James Charles; Marceglia, Albina Zora; Mares, David John; Newman, Bernard William (Bernie); Timcke, Edward Waldemar; 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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