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Mr. B. W. Newman, Deputy Director, Sydney
Mr. G. W. MackeyDeputy Director, Perth
Mr. J. JohnstonDeputy Director, Hobart
Mr. A. J. ShieldsDeputy Director, Brisbane
Mr. B. J. RetallackSupervising Meteorologist, Training
Mr. J. HoganDeputy Director, Adelaide
Mr. F. BellOfficer-in-Charge, Darwin
Mr. P. RyanOfficer-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
ComputersNew 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 WilsonFocus on the 'Big Picture'
Sue Barrell's 'Balancing Act'
Dr Geoff Love Appointed Deputy Director (Services)
Serendipity at 33,000ft: A Win for MetrologyBruce Forgan's WMO Vaisala Award
Pressure's On for New NCC Head [Mary Voice]
Bob Leighton Wins AMOS Honor for Climate Studies
Observers and Volunteers
Graeme Furler, Regional Director South AustraliaNo. 269 December 1984
The new Regional Director for South Australia is Graeme Furler, 43. Graeme, like many others of his 'vintage' joined the Bureau via the Public Service Board Cadetship scheme.
He says he remembers vividly the excitement and anticipation of the day he left the Post Office and walked along the main street of what was then a country town, and opened that brown envelope to learn he had successfully gained a Cadetship in the Met.
"From that very first day with 'Doc' Hogan as Regional Director we were under the influence of an 'old hand' of strong character," Graeme said. "Errol Mizon, Bruce Mason, Lynn Mitchell, Angus Robin were amongst the team as I recall, and Ross Maine, Bob Walsh and Kevin Spillane were heading for the 'big smoke' at about that time".
On completion of the Met course in 1964, Graeme returned to Adelaide to really get a taste of what weather forecasting was all about. After about 10 months, Queensland wanted a relief Met and he was "thrown off the deep end" for a couple of months at Garbutt air base Townsville where experiences were memorable and probably gave OIC Alan Walker an additional grey hair or two, adds Graeme.
On return to Adelaide he continued on shift through to 1969 as Met 1 and later as duty forecaster in the Forecasting and Warning Section. During 1969 he transferred to Special Services Section SARO where the advent of the HO IBM Computer was starting to have impact.
The following year he was promoted to Met 3 in NMAC in Head Office and back on shift again in the Analysis Centre. Under the influence of "Gentleman George" Rutherford, and Messrs Langford, Falconer, Muffatti, Guymer and Noar, he learnt of satellites, systems hemispheric and models numeric.
In 1976 he transferred to the Adelaide Regional Forecasting Centre as Senior Forecaster, and in 1980 with the retirement of Alan Brunt and the consequential appointment of Lynn Mitchell as RD, he was promoted to Supervising Met. Graeme pays tribute to the excellent guidance of Lynn Mitchell, under whose careful eye he learned to understand further the role and problems of an RD.
He says that like Len Broadbridge he has been influenced by many of the same people in the Bureau and acknowledges the assistance of those with whom he has worked. The need for cooperation between all categories of staff is recognised and has been demonstrated by new "highs" in times of crisis such as cyclone Tracy and the Ash Wednesday bushfires.
He and his wife Carleen have a teenage son, Brett, and two teenage daughters Suzanne and Christiane. He enjoys following their interests, and relaxes at the beach, swimming, jogging, gardening, and (time permitting) occasional board sailing, photography and genealogy.
Organisations in Australian Science at Work - National Meteorological Analysis Centre
People in Bright Sparcs - Furler, Graeme
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