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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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No. 233 Feb/Mar 1976, Item 2874 (continued)

Also looming large at this time was the World Weather Watch, with its global telecommunications system (GTS) involving Keith in much travel for general planning, design and specification work. In 1965 he went to Geneva with Ralph Holmes for a WMO Commission for Basic Systems working group and over the next five years made a further eight or nine trips to Europe and the United States on communications matters. In the period 1965–75 there were only two years when Keith wasn't overseas for one reason or another. In 1971, for example, he was seconded to the Philippines met. service for several weeks after a typhoon damaged Manila and knocked out the radio & comms. centre, while last year Keith and his recently retired predecessor as ADF, Harry Ashton, visited Saudi Arabia to give technical advice on the setting up of a major met. service there. The GTS gradually got going in the late 1960s and was fully integrated by 1972, although upgrading is still taking place.

Another of Keith's major concerns has been closer to home - the computerisation of the comms. centre, through a computer-operated switching system. Originally the Bureau had its own system on the drawing board, then was involved with a PMG proposal that grouped the Met. Bureau with DCA and Department of Health. From there, the PMG moved on to the concept of CUDN (the Common User Data Network) for which Health and TAA are already customers, while the Bureau is awaiting a new price for joining. In the meantime, LICs (line interface computers) are being operated in the computer centre as an interim step.

Most of Keith's time as STEB (the five years before December 1975) has been spent on communications, although on the instrumentation side he sees one of the big growth areas as the small automatic weather station with direct telex hookup. Development of this sort of AWS-telex interface is believed to be a first in Australia, and possibly in the world.

One machine is under test at South Channel Island in Port Phillip Bay, while three or four others are on the way for installation, with a total of 50 likely to be acquired over the next four years. The stations cost $15,000 each, but hold out the promise of big savings in communications bills and observers' allowances.

With the emphasis these days on machinery, Keith nominates the Japanese geostationarv satellite (GMS) as another forthcoming major event for the bureau and his branch. The GMS is scheduled to be launched about the middle of next year.

Keith's interests have always centred on his work associations, though he says he would like to get back to doing bit of sailing again. Before taking over as ADF, Keith was an engineer 5 as STEB (1971–75) and an engineer 4 since 1968. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (Australia).

People in Bright Sparcs - Henderson, William Keith

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