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Biographical entry Kemp, Rosea Lilian (1941 - 2015)

5 June 1941
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
27 December 2015
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Rosea Kemp was a trailblazer for women in Australian meteorology, being the first woman to be awarded a cadetship by the Bureau of Meteorology to study for her BSc and receive training in meteorology. She worked for the Meteorological Office in the United Kingdom for several years, enjoying some celebrity in broadcasting weather reports. On returning to Australia Kemp rejoined the Bureau on a temporary basis. For nine years Weathertex, her meteorological consultancy with Don Douglas, focussed on storms affecting the New South Wales coast, particularly rainfall and the implications for coastal beaches and engineering. Kemp wrote extensively on the climatology of large waves on New South Wales coast and developed strong links to the coastal engineering community. Her later career was again with the Bureau, working mainly in climate services and consultancy roles.



Career position - Appointed to the Bureau of Meteorology
Life event - Retired

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Voice, Mary and Zillman, John, 'Rosea Lillian Kemp 1941-2015', Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 29 (2016), 17-9. Details

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