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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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ADM Retires [Allen Bath]

No. 239 August 1977, Item 2979

Allen Bath, awarded an MBE this year for his services to meteorology, retired in January as ADM after more than 39 years with the Bureau.

Joining the Bureau in 1937 as the first met observer, his was one of two positions created to cope with the early problems of the aviation industry after the Federal Government realised the need for met observations when flying aircraft.

Allen's career has been closely involved with the Bureau as it exists today.

War broke out in 1939 and in April 1941, as with so many other meteorologists at the time, he was seconded to the RAAF as a weather officer.

In 1941 he was sent to New Guinea as OIC of met operations in Port Moresby. Later he succeeded former ADR Neil McCrae and took charge of the whole New Guinea met operation. In 1944 New Guinea was split into two areas, Allen taking charge of the northeast section and former ADF Harry Ashton the northwest.

After the war Allen worked in the Brisbane RO and by the mid-1950s was senior forecaster in charge of the TWC.

In 1960 Allen came to Melbourne to head the newly-developed coordination and planning branch.

In 1963 Allen was promoted to ADM and in the last few years has been acting DIR on many occasions.

Allen said he had seen many important developments in the Bureau during his career, not least of which has been its growth in size (from 600 in 1946 to 2000 in 1975). Other major developments included re-equipping the Bureau with modern equipment in 1962, TAST (1963) and the establishment of WWW centres in Melbourne, Washington and Moscow (1967).

WMO Visit

In 1968 Allen went to Geneva with DIR for the first WMO Executive Committee discussions on the cost/ benefit assessment of meteorological services throughout the world. In the same year he went to the Antarctic as the Australian representative for the Antarctic Treaty Powers. He has also represented the Bureau on many inter-departmental committees.

Allen said one of the basic problems facing the Bureau in the next few years is how it will continue to provide a service to the community. Decisions will need to be made on whether more should be charged than at present for services and to what extent those provided free should continue.

Major projects such as FGGE (the First GARP Global Experiment) were of great scientific significance and of high return to the future of international weather forecasting.

Allen said he plans to travel extensively during his retirement and we wish him a long and happy one.

People in Bright Sparcs - Bath, Allen Tristram

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