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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
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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. F. Bell—Officer-in-Charge, Darwin

No. 47 June 1960, Item 331

Mr. Fred Bell who had been a teacher in Western Australia before the war, came into the RAAF Meteorological Service in 1941. He finished his forecasting course early in 1942 and spent most of the war period working in the Mobile Meteorological Flights.

After demobilization, he was in charge of the Geraldton Office until the middle of 1949 when he was promoted to the position of Area Meteorological Officer, North Eastern Area. This position involved considerable travel to New Guinea and neighbouring Islands.

As a result of the reorganisation of the Bureau, the positions of Area Meteorological Officer were abolished and at the end of 1959, Mr. Bell was transferred to Darwin as Officer-in-Charge.

Mr. P. Ryan—Officer-in-Charge, Darwin

No. 47 June 1960, Item 331

To quote a document on the files on 31.5.37, a Junior Clerk, RYAN Patrick, commenced duty at a rate of Pay of £105 p.a. (inclusive of child endowment).

After several years as a Clerk he became, a Cadet Meteorologist and was still in that position in 1942 when he was transferred to Essendon as a Weather Officer. From there he went to Darwin in 1947.

Returning in 1950 to Essendon he remained there until the end of 1955 when he was promoted to the position of Weather Officer Grade 3 at Townsville. At the end of 1956 he moved to Darwin where he spent another three years.

At the conclusion of his Darwin Service, he was transferred to Mascot.

People in Bright Sparcs - Bell, Fred; Ryan, Patrick (Pat)

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