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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

Chapter 4: A Year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Melbourne to Cambridge, Massachusetts
Long-range Forecasting
Synoptic Meteorology
Dynamic Meteorology I, II, III
Dynamic Meteorology IV
Physical Meteorology
Audrey Joins Me in Boston
Was it Worthwhile?

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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Audrey Joins Me in Boston

Audrey showed a commendable initiative in joining me for the latter part of my stay at MIT. She had arranged for our three children to be cared for by friends and relatives. We rented a room in a delightful old home in Beacon Street, Boston, from which I walked along and across the Charles River to MIT. My lonely existence was made much happier by her presence although I continued to spend much time with my studies.

One feature of the Harkness Commonwealth Fund Fellowship which contributed a great deal to the time we shared in the US was the provision that Fellows were required to spend about six weeks at the end of the academic year touring the US. They were also required to write an account of what they had learnt of the country and its inhabitants. Two of the other Fellows, Ted Mayne and Walter Shepherd-Owen, and I had jointly bought a new Ford Tudor (which the Americans called "Two-door", which it was) for the purpose of touring the country. We used the car at different times. After Ted and Walter had made their trips Audrey and I made a journey of some thousands of miles from Boston to New York, Chicago, Washington, Miami, New Orleans, El Paso, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, Yosemite, Reno, San Francisco, Crater Lake, Mt Larsen, Corvallis (Oregon) and back to San Francisco from where we made our return to Australia by BCPA.

We learnt a lot about the country and its people during our journey and still have fond memories or our experiences. We enjoyed the friendliness of the people, the wide ethnic diversity of the population who all exhibited great pride as citizens of their nation, the diversity of the landscape (verdure of the eastern States, aridity of the south-west), majesty of the Rockies and the Grand Canyon, the vulgarity of Reno, the immensity of the cities, the prodigality of food at the steak-houses at which we ate, but above all we remember the sense of being privileged to visit a nation full of people of various ethnic backgrounds where all had the opportunity to profit from initiative and hard work.

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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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