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Personal Notes
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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No. 174 February 1971, Item 2036 (continued)

Following discharge from the RAAF, Harry was OIC Laverton, for a few months, and was appointed OIC of the new met. station at Mildura in 1946. Mildura, a wartime RAAF officer Training Unit, was kept open at the instigation of the Australian Dried Fruits Association, which needed frost protection services.

Civil flying then came to Mildura. Harry was moved about to other places during his long stay at Mildura but he always had to be back in September and October for the frost season. He has acted as forecasting officer for gliding championships held at Waikerie and Renmark in South Australia and Benalla and Mildura in Victoria.

Since 1961 Harry has been associated with the HIBAL project and 501 big balloon launchings. RD Vic Keith Hannay comments: "In this particularly, Harry has done a tremendous job, one of the most onerous in forecasting and liaison.

"In all those launchings only one balloon payload has not been recovered, and this was due to the failure of non-meteorological equipment."

He has reason to be proud of his 30 years with the Bureau, particularly of his association with some of the supposedly tough bosses of former years. Harry was a hard worker himself. In the words of retired officer Jack Nance: "If Harry Storer is less than an hour early for the job, then I begin to think he is late".

Harry is now looking forward to retirement and a greater concentration on the garden and bowls.

Harry has a fund of memories of wax-time services and of things before that. Like other old met. Sydneysiders, he remembers D. J. Mares demonstrating some of his boxing skill (as a former amateur boxer) in the Divisional Meteorologist's office in Sydney.

One of his best stories came from the recent gliding championships at Benalla. A hydrogen cylinder for balloon flights was sent ahead to the aerodrome, but failed to turn up. Harry went looking . . . and found it behind the temporary bar, presumably about to be connected to a keg. As somebody said, that beer would have had plenty of hops.

People in Bright Sparcs - Storer, Harold Reginald (Harry)

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