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Gerry O'Mahony—Thirty Years On
The Retoubtable George Mackey, Retd.
Retirement of ADR [Neil McRae]
A Long and Fruitful Innings [John Lillywhite]
Pat Ryan Retires
Harry Ashton Retires
'Fly Boy' Retires [Bill Brann]
Our Actor Steve [Lloyd]
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Vic Bahr's Last Bow
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Allan Brunt Retires, 38 Years in 'the Met'
Henry Phillpot Retires
A Stout With a Dash! [Reg Stout]
Around the Regions [Keith Stibbs]
Bill Smith Bows Out—47 Year Record
Smooth Traffic Ahead for Keith Henderson
Happy Retirement, and Happy Birthday too! [Ralph de la Lande]
Air Dispersion Specialist Calls it a Day [Bill Moriarty]
Bob Crowder Retires
Grass Looks Greener for Tony [Powell]
Farewell France [Lajoie]
Forty Four Years in Meteorology—John Burn Remembers
Des Gaffney bows out
After Only 41 Years . . . Shaw, Enough! [Peter Shaw]
Brian Bradshaw departs, 45 Years On . . .
Bill Ware Ends on a High Note
Peter Barclay Retires
Mal Kennedy Retires
'The Ice Man Goeth . . .' DDS Neil Streten Calls it a Day
Dan of the 14,016 Days [Dan Lee]
A Launceston Boy Gone Wrong: Peter Noar Bows Out
It's Official—Climate Change Confirmed [Bill Kininmonth]
Victorian Forecasting Legend Bids Us Farewell [Ian Russell]
Gentleman Doug Gauntlett Retires
Queensland Regional Director Calls it a Day [Rex Falls]
Assistant Director (Services) Retires and Tributes Flow In [Bruce Neal]
NSW Regional Director Retires [Pat Sullivan]


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Retirement of Walter Dwyer

No. 138 January 1968, Item 1433

After 41 years of service with the Bureau, most of them closely allied to aviation, Walter A. Dwyer retired on 20 December. At the time of his retirement he was Superintending Meteorologist, Forecasting and Information Branch, at Central Office.

The cover picture shows what was perhaps the highlight of a full and varied career—his investiture by the Governor of Victoria, Sir Rohan Delacornbe, with the Imperial Service Order at Government House, Melbourne. Walter was awarded the honor by the Queen in this year's New Year's Honors List for outstanding services to meteorology.

Virtually "Mr. Aviation Meteorology", Walter has been associated with this branch of the Bureau's activities, dealing with the application of meteorology to aviation, since the early days of the industry in Australia. The problems he faced during the 1930s when air services developed so rapidly were many and heavy, and he was given the task in 1934 of opening and developing the Darwin meteorological office. In this capacity he was the first meteorologist to provide a direct meteorological service to civil aviation in Australia.

As officer in charge of the Darwin office—during the time when record-breaking flights from England to Australia were a common occurrence—Walter got to know the pioneers of aviation in Australia and the world. Aviators such as Ulm, Kingsford-Srnith, Amy Johnson, Amelia Earhart, Jim Broadbent, Jim Melrose and Jim Mollison were among his acquaintances.

He returned to Melbourne in 1937 where he became the first inspector of aviation met. at Central Office. During the last war Walter joined the RAAF Met. Service and moved around the SW Pacific representing Australia at inter-allies met. conferences. In 1943 he was a member of the Met. Committee of the Combined Chiefs of Staff in Washington. After the war he participated in many international meteorological conferences as WMO representative.

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