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'The Ice Man Goeth . . .' DDS Neil Streten Calls it a Day
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A Launceston Boy Gone Wrong: Peter Noar Bows Out
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A Launceston Boy Gone Wrong: Peter Noar Bows Out

No. 318 April 1998

Forty years on, ADS Peter Noar farewelled colleagues with his usual wit, passion, theological gestures, and tales, some of which are suitable for reproduction in this family journal.

Speakers at his farewell at Coopers Inn on January 22 whipped through his career: cadet meteorologist, Central Training School, Special Services, Commonwealth Meteorological Research Centre, Analysis Centre, then ADS in 1983.

Master of Ceremonies Grant Sabin told how Peter started as a cadet meteorologist on 8 March 1957 on 369 pounds a year ('just a few days of Travel Allowance now').

Peter has an enviable reputation for one-liners, and Grant recalled a few Noar trademarks: 'This document needs a few weasel words'; 'You need rat cunning'; 'I've been Zillmanized'; 'I don't want to make a p**** of myself, BUT . . .'

Bob Crowder spoke of a big arbitration case in 1962. 'The arbitrators asked to see a Grade 1 meteorologist . . . we ran one to ground in Tassie and young Peter gave evidence . . . a lot of the prosperity we enjoy now is due to P. F. Noar . . . he worked for years in the industrial arena.'

Bob praised Peter's role among the pioneers of Australian numerical forecasting . . . 'I was almost surprised when he took over from me as ADS,' he added. 'It's a difficult job, and Peter's more into accord than discord'.

Recently-retired Neil Streten welcomed Peter to the 'land of layabouts and lotus eaters' and took part blame for tempting Peter to join the Bureau. 'Peter was in a school careers group that visited the Hobart office in '56. I was one of those to speak to them. Next year he turned up as a cadet! Peter's whimsical sense of humour was obvious early, and we got used to his bowing to colleagues.

As ADS he did a wonderful job of keeping the RDs together, happy and pleased . . . plus our big customers, particularly aviation . . . his marvellous sense of humour helped in the task of dealing with SES and media.

People in Bright Sparcs - Noar, Peter

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