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Introduction

History

Personal Notes

Retirements
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]

Obituaries

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No. 315 April 1997 (continued)

Last Day

Over 60 people gathered at the Hotel This for Neil's farewell lunch.

DDR Doug Gauntlett recognised Neil's important contributions to meteorology and spoke about the phases of his career as an analyst, Antarctic expeditioner, researcher and finally his management roles as ADE and DDS.

ADE Bill Downey spoke of the strong friendship that he and Neil had developed during their many years together in CMRC, ANMRC (Australian Numerical Meteorology Research Centre) and the Executive Branch. On behalf of all those who worked in the Executive Branch from 1983 to 1988, Bill expressed appreciation to Neil for the trust he placed in them and for the generous manner in which he shared his knowledge and wisdom with them.

ADS Peter Noar recalled first working with Neil in Hobart in the late 1950s and later in ANMRC. He particularly enjoyed working with Neil the past 7 years as DDS and paid tribute to his 'wisdom and compassion'.

In response, Neil recounted ten memorable 'scenes' in his Bureau career, among them his first (successful) interview in 1950 at the Bankruptcy Court in Brisbane; studying downstairs in the Horticultural Hall, because the classrooms were full; reporting for duty at 4.00 am in winter 1957 in Hobart RO, lighting the fire, then checking Mount Wellington to see if there was any snow (kudos to the Bureau if they correctly reported snow, or the lack thereof, to the wakening Taswegians); the dark and the howling winds of Mawson; the University of Alaska in August 1967; and walking in circles, plotting charts, in the confines of the pre-computer Central Analysis Office.

Neil fondly remembered ANMRC as 'one of the best places he worked'.

At one point Neil and Barrie Hunt regularly reviewed each other's papers, exchanging jocular comments. Barrie once predicted that 'no great harm would be done to meteorology' by the publication of a particular Streten paper.

Neil acknowledged that his length of service in the one organisation is now probably regarded as 'unfashionable', and that the trend to move around more may be a good thing. He likened the DDS role to that of the US Vice-President—'you don't get to say much when the boss is around!'

Neil thanked everyone for their support and friendship, particularly DIR, Program Managers, Branch Heads and 'the 14th floor gang'. He gave particular thanks to his PA for 7 years, Debbie Dowel, who 'always held the show together'.

Neil was presented with an original print of the Bering Sea, circa 1790.


Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Australian Numerical Meteorology Research Centre; Central Analysis Office (CAO)

People in Bright Sparcs - Streten, Neil Anthony

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