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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

Chapter 6: A Springboard for the Future
My Springboard
Proposal for More Staff
Efforts to Improve Scientific Status of the Bureau
Gibbs-Priestley-White Prospectus
Successes and Struggles with Ministers and Permanent Heads
Submission to Royal Commission on Government Administration
The Committee of Inquiry
Achievements 1962 to 1978

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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Efforts to Improve Scientific Status of the Bureau (continued)

In the meantime Dick Kingsland and I had discussions with Collings of the PSB and Craik of Treasury and a fourth draft of the new Cabinet submission was prepared and circulated in October 1967. During these developments Fred White, Bill Priestley and I prepared a prospectus for meteorological research in Australia which included discussions of the roles of the Bureau, the CSIRO and the universities. This was completed in June 1967 and circulated to Dick Kingsland, the PSB and the newly created Department of Education and Science with Malcolm Fraser (later to become Prime Minister) as Minister and Sir Hugh Ennor as secretary.

Thus three years after Cabinet had asked for a separate Cabinet submission the matter was still under discussion by the Bureau, Department of the Interior, PSB, Treasury, CSIRO and the Department of Education and Science. Fred White, Bill Priestley, Dick Kingsland and Doug Anthony were strongly in favour of my original proposal. The PSB and Ennor were obstructive, Ennor being particularly negative, casting doubt on the Bureau's growth, its international commitments and the need for stronger scientific staff.

A seventh draft of the Cabinet submission was circulated 29 March 1968 and an eighth to the Minister for the Interior on 17 June 1968, following three years of frustrating discussion.

The decision finally arrived at in Cabinet was a compromise proposal that the Bureau and the CSIRO should form a joint venture called the Commonwealth Meteorology Research Centre (CMRC). Bill Priestley and I had proposed that the Centre bear the name of H. C. Russell, the first Australian-born colonial meteorologist, but this was rejected. My objective of having research scientists on the Bureau staff was thwarted by the creation of CMRC and was not achieved until Ennor had retired and John Farrands became Permanent Head of the Department of Science.

John Gardner's Metarch Papers No 11 (1997) gives some information on these events but a detailed examination of relevant files would be needed to reveal the full story.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Commonwealth Meteorology Research Centre

People in Bright Sparcs - Ennor, Arnold Hughes; Farrands, John Laws; Kingsland, Richard; Priestley, Charles Henry Brian (Bill); Russell, Henry Chamberlain; White, Frederick William George

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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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