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Table of Contents
Radio Technical Officers
Chapter 1: The Early Years
Chapter 2: The Training School
Chapter 3: Equipment Installation Records
Chapter 4: The 'Techs' in Antarctica
Chapter 5: The 'Techs' Tell Their Stories
Appendix 1: 'Techs' Roll Call
Appendix 2: Trainee Intakes
Appendix 3: 'Techs' Who Have Served in the Antarctic Region
Appendix 4: Summary of Major Installation Projects
Appendix 5: Summary of Major Equipment Variously Installed at Sites and Maintained by Radio Technical Officers
I was asked, by Ray, to write this preface and it was with great pleasure that I agreed to do so as this publication has been several years in the making and Ray invested a large amount of time and effort to bring it to fruition.
Raymond W. Clarke was born in Punchbowl in the western suburbs of Sydney on 24 January 1930. His father's ancestors were pioneers in the Gundagai district of New South Wales having come to Australia as early as 1810. They were dairy and wheat farmers. His mother's people were of Irish descent (County Limerick) and emigrated to Australia in 1895.
Ray attended primary school in Brisbane at the Corinda Convent obtaining Queensland Scholarship honours before continuing on to secondary school at St Joseph's Christian Brothers' College, Gregory Terrace, where he successfully passed the Queensland Junior public examination.
Upon leaving school he became an apprentice to his uncle, a pharmacist, where for two years he passed all examinations and appeared headed for a career as a chemist. Unfortunately, being young, headstrong and not a little foolish, he terminated his apprenticeship to join the Army and see the world.
When he finished his rookies at Ingleburn, New South Wales, he was allocated to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals and posted to Balcombe, Victoria, to complete a 15 month Radio Technician's course. After completing the course he was posted to Cabarlah, just outside Toowoomba, on radio interception work.
He was promoted to corporal in 1952 and posted to 1st National Service Training Battalion where he became a drill instructor and technical instructor with the Sig. Platoon of E Company. In 1954 he returned to the School of Signals for refresher courses and then remained at the School as an instructor (T/Sgt) until the expiration of his term with the regular Australian Army in 1956.
From 1956 to 1961 he was employed by Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd in Melbourne, initially as a radio technician followed by elevation to departmental manager of the sound and TV systems department in 1958. Poor remuneration for the degree of responsibility prompted him to try new fields. Consequently he applied for and was accepted as a trainee Observer (Radio) with the Bureau of Meteorology in 1961. Details of Ray's Bureau service are covered in this publication.
Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd.
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