Michael Clarke is a civil engineer who spent 40 years with the Public Works Department of NSW, during which time he was engaged in most of its civil engineering activities; he retired as Chief Engineer in 1992.
He joined the Sydney Engineering Heritage Committee in 1990 and later was also a member of Engineering Heritage Australia; he has chaired both committees.
Michael has presented papers at three previous engineering conferences on The Heritage of Waste at Perth in 1990, and on oral history at Newcastle in 1996 and at Toowoomba in 2003.
Michael is the author of Sydney's Engineering Heritage and other sites, an enlarged edition of his walking guide which won a National Trust Heritage Award. He also conducts heritage walks in the city and heritage cruises on Sydney harbour.
He has managed oral history programs for the Public Works Department, the Sydney Engineering Heritage Committee and Engineering Heritage Australia, and has been on the Management Committee of the Oral History Association of Australia (NSW) since 1996.
· the first engineer member of the Sydney Opera House Conservation Council;
· a member of the Management Committee of the History Council of NSW in 2003; and
· a foundation committee member of the Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology (ASHET).
In April 2005 he was appointed as the first engineer member of the NSW Heritage Council’s Register Committee.