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Mr. B. W. Newman, Deputy Director, Sydney
Mr. G. W. Mackey—Deputy Director, Perth
Mr. J. Johnston—Deputy Director, Hobart
Mr. A. J. Shields—Deputy Director, Brisbane
Mr. B. J. Retallack—Supervising Meteorologist, Training
Mr. J. Hogan—Deputy Director, Adelaide
Mr. F. Bell—Officer-in-Charge, Darwin
Mr. P. Ryan—Officer-in-Charge, Darwin
Bureau Profile #1
Dr. Kevin Spillane: The Quality of Tenacity
Taking the World View [John Zillman]
Fred Bell, the Pilot's Friend
Mildura's Harry Storer
Computers—New ADC [Ross Maine]
H. G. Bond
The Sky is the Limit [Bettye Macnicol / Jenny Hopwood]
Hobart Weather Birds [Judy Morris / Felicity James]
Professional Officers' Association Award to Henry [Phillpot]
New Assistant Director Facilities is Keith Henderson
Tasmania's New Regional Director [Ted Phillips]
New Head for ANMRC [Doug Gauntlett]
Tony Powell New Regional Director Victoria
Lynn Mitchell Takes Over the Reins in SA RO Fillerup!
Pat Sullivan New Regional Director, NSW
Bettye Dixon Heads Canberra Liaison Section
Dr Michael Manton Chief of BMRC
Graeme Furler, Regional Director South Australia
Ian Mason, Regional Director ACT
Regional Director Queensland [Rex Falls]
Don Linforth, STPM
Bob Brook, Asst Director (Observations)
Jim Arthur, Regional Director, Northern Territory
Neil Streten Appointed Deputy Director (Services)
Bill Downey, Assistant Director (Executive)
Antarctic Medal Winners
Agrometeorology's Leading Lady [Gloria Bedson]
Ken Wilson—Focus on the 'Big Picture'
Sue Barrell's 'Balancing Act'
Dr Geoff Love Appointed Deputy Director (Services)
Serendipity at 33,000ft: A Win for Metrology—Bruce Forgan's WMO Vaisala Award
Pressure's On for New NCC Head [Mary Voice]
Bob Leighton Wins AMOS Honor for Climate Studies



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Mr. J. Johnston—Deputy Director, Hobart

No. 45 April 1960, Item 311

Early in 1939, in order to meet the urgent need for aviation services a school for Weather Officers and Assistant Meteorologists was planned at the Commonwealth Meteorological Bureau. Among those recruited for the course was Mr. Johnston, at the time a R.A.A.F. Education Officer.

At the beginning of 1930, Mr. Johnston, a science graduate with honours in Mathematics and Physics, and with a Diploma of Education commenced a teaching career with the Victorian Education Department. At the end of 1938, he transferred to the R.A.A.F. and in May 1939 started his forecasting course.

On completion of the course, he spent a few months in Melbourne as Assistant Meteorologist, then, in October 1940, followed Mr. George Mackey as Officer in Charge, Darwin. During the war years, as a member of the R.A.A.F. Meteorological Service, he was stationed at Rathmines, Sale, Darwin, Laverton.

After discharge he returned to the Divisional Office, Melbourne, as Meteorologist where he remained until promoted to Deputy Director, Tasmania in June 1959. During the thirteen years in Melbourne, he carried out relieving duties in Adelaide, Sydney and Hobart, and acted for extended periods as Deputy Director, Victoria, thus becoming well known to the Melbourne press and public as this cutting from the Melbourne "Sun" of April 9th 1953 testifies:

WEATHER MAN. I must hand it to Jack Johnston, official forecaster of the Melbourne Weather Bureau.

Jack has been forecasting since he returned from RAAF war service to met. work and a check by anyone over any period will show that he is seldom wrong, and then not by much.

What we like about him is his keen news sense and his happy nature. You could ring him all day with odd inquiries (and the public does, you know) and he's as smiling at the end as in the morning.

In the morning, of course, he sits in the 8.4 am from Newport and listens to those libellous comments on his forecasts by the chaps who left their coats at home, although Jack warned it would rain.

He's married, with four children, and is building a new house at Broadmeadows. He works on it at weekends—wet or shine.

People in Bright Sparcs - Johnston, John (Jack)

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