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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]
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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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Retirement of ADR [Neil McRae]

No. 209 January 1974, Item 2531

Neil McRae, Assistant Director Research, ended his career with the Bureau on 30 November 1973, on the advice of the Government Medical Officer. He is now taking accumulated sick leave until his retirement, which will take effect on 24 May 1974. Bureau friends who have seen Mac in the last few weeks report that the rest and lessening of responsibility have already led to a marked improvement in his health.

Nell McRae was born in Horsham in 1914. He studied with distinction at Melbourne University, gaining his B.A. and B.Sc. Hons. (Physics). He also received the University's Gold Medal for Mathematics, and qualified for the degree of Master of Arts (Maths) which was conferred in 1943.

Mac joined the Bureau in September 1937 as a Meteorological Assistant Grade 1, at the princely salary of £228 p.a. Having successfully completed his training course, and in the words of the Acting Commonwealth Meteorologist "shown an aptitude for meteorological work", Mac was posted to Essendon, where he began work under Jack Nance in January 1938.

In October 1938 he returned to Head Office on promotion to the position of Assistant Meteorologist, Forecasting Section.

In April 1941 Mac joined the RAAF Meteorological Service, and was posted to Amberley (Qld.) and later to Darwin, where he was stationed during the Japanese bombing raids of February 1942. Later he served on many forward bases in, the New Guinea area particularly Milne Bay and Goodenough Island in the Solomon Sea. During this period he was mentioned in dispatches (M.I.D.).

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