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Biographical entry Mackey, George William (1906 - 1979)

MBE

Born
27 February 1906
West Leederville, Western Australia, Australia
Died
1979
Occupation
Meteorologist

Summary

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.

Details

Events

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

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • 'Mr. G. W. Mackey - Deputy Director, Perth', Weather News, vol. 43, February 1960, 1960, pp. 4-5. Details
  • 'Bureau Profile 9 - the Retoubtable George Mackey, Retd.', Weather News, vol. 175, March 1971, 1971, pp. 5-9. Details
  • 'Deaths of Former Officers', Weather News, vol. 247, December 1979, 1979, p. 15. Details

Online Resources

See also

Helen Morgan