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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


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Chapter 1: The Early Years (continued)

The list goes on . . . George Khan (who loved the tropics but somehow survived many Melbourne winters), Neville Thwaite, Charlie Bonnar, Roy Holmes, Roy Carrick, Eric Holmes, Jack Berry, Alan Jarman (later to be RMO (South Australia)) and Bill Green of Head Office for many years. There were many more, too, in those early days who set the standards in enthusiasm, dedication and technical skill and the Bureau should be proud of what they achieved over so many hard years.

George Khan

George Khan (Photograph courtesy of Jack Tait)

I would like to pay special tribute to Trevor Donald. Trevor had 42 years of service, starting in 1947 as an Observer where he subsequently spent many years in such exotic spots as Lae, Honiara and Lord Howe Island. But it was as a 'tech' that Trevor left his mark in meteorology. He graduated from the 1961 Observer (Radio) course, and was a classmate of other colourful characters . . . Neil Davies, the well-known J. J. Byrne, Ray Clarke (Clarkie), Jannes Keuken (later to work for him in New South Wales) and the imperturbable Joe Grey of South Australia.

After serving a period of time in Woomera, Trevor transferred to the Sydney Regional Office in 1964 and remained there for the rest of his service until 1989. Initially serving under Reg Goldsworthy, he became RMO NSW in 1966. Trevor was a good administrator, fair in his dealings with his sub-ordinates and at all times a dedicated Bureau man. At all times he was courteous, helpful and above all, good company after hours. The Bureau is poorer on losing people of the calibre of Trevor Donald.

And so farewell to the old timers; wherever you are, may you be enjoying your retirement.

People in Bright Sparcs - Clarke, Raymond W.; Holmes, Ralph Aubrey Edward

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Clarke, R. 1999 'Stories of the Bureau's Radio Technical Officers from 1948', Metarch Papers No. 14 February 1999, Bureau of Meteorology

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