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Mackey, George William (1906 - 1979)

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Born: 27 February 1906  West Leederville, Western Australia, Australia.  Died: 1979.
George William Mackey worked for the Bureau of Meteorology for 44 years (1927-1971) and was Deputy Director, Hobart, 1944-1946, Adelaide, 1947-1948, and Perth, 1949-1971. While working in Perth he was involved in meteorological aspects of flight planning for the first regular passenger flights across the Indian Ocean in the mid 1950s, and was also involved in tropical cyclone warning systems for the north west of Western Australia. Mackey was educated at the Christian Brothers' College in Perth and at the Royal Australian Naval College in Jervis Bay.

Career Highlights

1920 - 1922Studied at the Royal Australian Naval College in Jervis Bay
c. 1922 - 1941Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve
1927 - 1930Meteorological Assistant with the Bureau of Meteorology in Melbourne
1930 - 1936Cadet Engineer with the Postmaster-General's Department
1936Assistant Meteorologist (Research) with the Bureau of Meteorology in Melbourne
1937 - 1940Meteorologist in charge at the Bureau of Meteorology in Darwin
1941 - c. 1945Joined the Royal Australian Air Force, serving as Squadron Leader in Malaya, Sumatra and Darwin
1945 - 1946Divisional Meteorologist and Deputy Director at the Bureau in Hobart
1947 - Associate of the Institute of Physics (Australia)
1947 - 1948Deputy Director at the Bureau in Adelaide
1949 - 1971Deputy Director at the Bureau in Perth
1970Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

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Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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