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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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Gibbs-Priestley-White Prospectus

A significant by-product of my endeavour to advance the Bureau's scientific status was production of a prospectus for meteorological research in Australia by Fred White, Bill Priestley and myself. Space does not permit a detailed discussion of this prospectus which was published in June 1967. The three-page prospectus has a foreword and six appendices. The prospectus stated that the science of meteorology stood at the threshold of its greatest advance for 100 years and stressed the importance of a national program of meteorological research in which the Bureau, CSIRO and universities should each have a significant role.

Successes and Struggles with Ministers and Permanent Heads

I was fortunate to have had extremely smooth and friendly relations with Ministers and Permanent Heads of the Department of the Interior, with the Public Service Board (except for the Research Scientist question) and Treasury, and with other Departments such as Air and DCA during my first 10 years as Director. Beginning with Gordon Freeth as Minister and W. McLaren as Permanent Head, as previously mentioned I had the good fortune to have Dick Kingsland promoted as Permanent Head in April 1963.

Dick (later Sir Richard Kingsland), as Dick Cohen, had been attached to the Bureau as a member of the meteorologists' training course in 1937. As a young flying officer of the RAAF he had made many flights from Point Cook in Bristol Bulldog aircraft to obtain readings of upper air temperature and humidity.

Another wartime flying ace, the Hon J. G. Gorton (later Prime Minister) was Minister for the Interior from 18 December 1963 until 4 March 1964 when he was replaced by J. D. (Doug) Anthony.

People in Bright Sparcs - Cohen, Dick (Kingsland); Ennor, Arnold Hughes; Kingsland, Richard; Priestley, Charles Henry Brian (Bill); 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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