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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

Chapter 5: The Dwyer Years, 1955 to 1962
Leonard Joseph Dwyer—A Complex Character
Reorganising the Bureau
Public Weather Services
Forecasts for the General Public
Importance of Radio Stations
The Advent of Television
Automatic Telephone Forecast Service
Wording and Verification of Forecasts
Services for Aviation
Atomic Weapons Tests
Atomic Weapons Tests—Mosaic G1 and G2
Atomic Weapons Tests—Buffalo 1, 2, 3 and 4
Atomic Weapons Tests—Operations Antler, 2 and 3
Atomic Weapons Tests—Minor Trials
Instruments and Observations
Radar/Radio Winds and Radar Weather Watch
Automatic Weather Stations
Meteorological Satellites
Tropical Cyclones
Bureau Conference on Tropical Cyclones
International Symposium on Tropical Cyclones, Brisbane
Design of Water Storages, Etc
Flood Forecasting
Cloud Seeding
Reduction of Evaporation
Rain Seminar
Cloud Physics
Fire Weather
Research and Special Investigations
International Activities
The International Geophysical Year
The Antarctic and Southern Ocean
International Symposium on Antarctic Meteorology
International Antarctic Analysis Centre
ADP, EDP and Computers
Management Conference
Services Conference
CSIRO and the Universities
Achievements of the Dwyer Years

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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Reorganising the Bureau (continued)

Len Dwyer wisely realised that reorganisation could only be carried out by stages and gave priority to the reorganisation of Central Office. One task was to persuade the Public Service Board to approve a reorganisation of the Bureau's Central Office in which the position of Chief Scientific Officer was replaced by a position of Assistant Director (Research). A new position of Assistant Director (Services) was created and the position of Assistant Director (Administration) remained but a permanent appointment to the position was not made, the position being filled on an acting basis.

My application for the research position was successful but Len's promotion of Walter Dwyer to Assistant Director (Services) was overturned after appeals by a number of less senior staff with superior academic qualifications. Of the appellants, the Promotion Appeals Committee ruled in favour of John Lillywhite, the Deputy Director in charge of the Victorian Divisional Office at that time.

Thus the successful occupants of the research and services positions were announced in 1958 but it was some time before a permanent appointment to the position of Assistant Director (Administration) was resolved.

John Hogan (1896–1970) occupied the position for some time after Len Dwyer's promotion as Director of Meteorology and before his retirement in January 1959. He is recorded in Weather News No 30 of January 1959 (item 198) as occupying the position of Deputy Director NSW from 1948 to 1954.

Many felt that Vic Bahr, who had acted as Len Dwyer's right-hand man for some time after his return to the Bureau following his years at the WMO Secretariat in Geneva might be appointed to the position but Len Dwyer chose to appoint someone from outside the Bureau. Len first promoted B. L. Loughnan from the PMG's Department and when this was cancelled A. V. Atkins took up the appointment on 16 March 1959 at the age of 38.

Allan Atkins had joined the Commonwealth Public Service in Perth in 1939 as a cadet draftsman but enlisted with the RAN shortly afterwards and served in the Atlantic with the Royal Navy for six years reaching the rank of torpedo lieutenant and winning the Distinguished Service Cross.

People in Bright Sparcs - Bahr, Victor John; Dwyer, Leonard Joseph; Dwyer, Walter Anthony; Hogan, John; Lillywhite, John Wilson

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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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