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Clarke, M. N.
The Heritage in People: Oral History in Engineering
First International and Eighth Australian Engineering Heritage Conference 1996: Shaping Our Future; Proceedings
Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 1996, pp. 83-88

People now 60 years and older, have been part of the greatest technological and social changes of all time. Through oral history we have the opportunity to hear them talk about their experiences and the events they were involved in, to have them share their knowledge and wisdom with us, and to learn the real stories behind events, inventions and discoveries. Their lives and what they can tell us are as much a part of our heritage as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and are the potential source of the history yet to be written. By recording their stories, we have a chance of making that history not only more accurate and complete, but more revealing, intimate and human. The purpose of this paper is to encourage the oral history recording of engineers, to describe what it entails and how it might be done. Whilst the task of preserving the heritage of people's minds is the prime objective of oral history, it is an immensely rewarding and enriching experience for all involved.

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