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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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Management Conference

One important initiative in the Dwyer years was the Bureau conference on management. This, like the internal Bureau's conference of analysts and those on tropical cyclones and rainfall extremes, was aimed at stimulating awareness and discussion among Bureau staff in Central Office, in Divisional Offices and in field offices.

It seems likely that Len Dwyer used Allan Atkins' breadth of management experience in planning and running the management conference.

The Conference was held in the conference room of the International Antarctic Analysis Centre, Melbourne, from 4 to 8 April 1960 with Bureau participants including senior officers of Central Office and Deputy Directors. The aim of the conference was to discuss objectives, responsibilities, authority, methods and other aspects of management in the Commonwealth Public Service with special reference to the Bureau.

Papers were presented by senior officers of various arms of the Public Service and by selected Bureau officers. Those from outside the Bureau were designated guest speakers who participated only for the presentation and discussion of their contributions. They included W. A. McLaren (Secretary, Department of the Interior), C. L. Hewitt (First Assistant Secretary, Department of Treasury), J. E. Collings (Commissioner, Public Service Board) and F. A. Fox (Chief Superintendent, Defence Standards Laboratory, Department of Supply). Papers by Bureau staff included those by Allan Atkins, Walter Dwyer, Tom Hall and John Lillywhite.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - International Antarctic Analysis Centre

People in Bright Sparcs - Dwyer, Leonard Joseph; Dwyer, Walter Anthony; Hall, Thomas Taylor (Tom); 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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