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Mr. B. W. Newman
Retirement of Walter Dwyer
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]
Our Man in the Region Retires [Keith Hannay]
ADM Retires [Allen Bath]
Regional Director Queensland Retires [Arch Shields]
ANMRC Head Retires [Reg Clarke]
Vic Bahr's Last Bow
Long Serving Officers Retire [Jack Maher and Kev Lomas]
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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The Retoubtable George Mackey, Retd.

No. 175 March 1971, Item 2059

"Retired public servant" seems hardly the phrase for George Mackey, former Regional Director for Western Australia.

George retired on February 26, the last of the Bureau officers to have worked under all Directors. He was awarded the M.B.E. in 1969 for services to meteorology. George has a big, robust frame, and a hearty, outspoken personality to match it. It is unlikely that a placid retirement will be his lot . . . his first effort will be an overseas trip.

George came to the Bureau in 1927, and spent the last 22 years as Regional Director in WA. He has written a very informal outline of his activities (see below).

His successor, Bob Southern, contributed these notes on his farewell:-

George was farewelled at a bright and breezy social function at Perth Bureau. Representatives of Commonwealth Departments and State authorities supported many members of the Bureau in farewell tributes to George and his wife, Hazel.

The Director, Dr. Gibbs, spoke feelingly of George's significant contribution to Australian meteorology and on behalf of all Bureau staff presented George and Hazel with a set of four travelling cases and rugs.

Mr. Dick Kennedy (Assistant Director of Works) and Mr. Frank Edmondson (State Electricity Commission) thanked George on behalf of associated departments for his excellent consultative advice over many years. John Maher (OIC Perth Airport) expressed the appreciation of all field staff, referring particularly to George's perpetual interest in assisting the families of staff working in remote areas.

Although generally never short of a few words to say, George seemed initially stumped in reply to the many genuine expressions of thanks, but in true fashion soon warmed to his task. After all, he had anecdotes from 44 years' service to recall . . .

It was an eventful week in W.A. . . . apart from George's retirement there was a change in Government, and a State-wide celebration and dinner to mark W.A.'s "millionth citizen, with George and Mrs. Mackey among the select invitees, naturally.

People in Bright Sparcs - Mackey, George William

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