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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)

He returned to the Public Service as a cadet engineer after demobilisation and graduated B.Sc. with majors in mathematics and physics after study at the University of Western Australia. After four years as an engineer he joined the Organisation and Methods Section of the Public Service Board in Canberra. In 1958 Allan spent two months at Birmingham in the university and the college of technology studying selection and employment of staff. He was thus well qualified to assist Len Dwyer in his reorganisation of the Bureau and applying ideas on administration acquired while at the Public Service Board offices in Canberra and during his brief time in Birmingham.

A. V. Atkins brought great energy and diplomacy to this new position. He also brought the advantage of one who had worked in the office of the Public Service Board in Canberra and knew the best channels through which to operate to secure approval for the many Bureau reorganisation proposals which the Board had under consideration. He soon established a Coordination and Planning Section within his Administration Division (which was renamed Management Division) with Allen Bath in charge, supported by Steve Lloyd, Tom Hall and John McGilligan. This unit was soon to become a focus for the planning and review of Bureau activities, flourishing under Allan Atkins' broad experience in a wide field outside the Bureau, Allen Bath's knowledge of Bureau Divisional Office work, Steve Lloyd's experience in the Central Analysis Office, Tom Hall's inside knowledge of Bureau administration and John McGilligan's eagerness to respond to the many and varied tasks allotted to him.

I was fortunate many years later, when Allan Atkins moved to a senior administrative position in Darwin, to have Allen Bath available to replace him as Assistant Director, Management (ADM).

Allen Bath began his career in the Bureau as the sole observer on the aerodrome in Cooktown in 1937 providing observations and service for the DH86 aircraft of Carpenters Airlines which operated the passenger service from Sydney to Rabaul with an overnight stop in Townsville. Having completed a weather officers' forecasting course in Melbourne in August 1938 he began forecasting at Archerfield aerodrome and whilst in the RAAF Meteorological Service served on RAAF Stations in Queensland and New Guinea. After the war Allen was a stalwart of the Brisbane Divisional Office for 14 years, making significant contributions in forecasting and warning, climatology and on occasions acting as Deputy Director. He made a major contribution to the operation of the Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre after its establishment in the Brisbane Divisional Office in 1956 and also published papers on the result of his investigations of cyclones and floods. He also found time to acquire his B.Sc. in part-time study during his time in Brisbane.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Central Analysis Office (CAO)

People in Bright Sparcs - Bath, Allen Tristram; Dwyer, Leonard Joseph; Hall, Thomas Taylor (Tom); Lloyd, Stephen Henry (Steve)

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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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