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Linda Clark has played a leading role in the conservation of Tasmania’s cultural heritage and was one of the first female archaeological conservators in Australia. For several decades she was the only qualified and practicing objects conservator in Tasmania.
Linda was born in England and migrated to Tasmania as a teenager. In the 1970s she received a Tasmanian Government scholarship to study archaeological conservation at the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London.
During the 1970s and 1980s Linda worked as a field conservator on archaeological sites in Europe and Asia before accepting the position of Conservator at the Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery in 1983.
Linda returned to Tasmania in 1986 to be Objects Conservator at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. She later worked as Conservation Manager for the National Trust of Australia (Tasmania) overseeing conservation projects at Runnymede and the Penitentiary Chapel in Hobart; Queenstown’s Mount Lyell Mine Offices; Home Hill in Devonport; and Clarendon House near Evandale.
Linda spent five seasons conserving artefacts from the internationally significant Sydney Cove shipwreck off Flinders Island and curated the acclaimed national travelling exhibition Cargo for Colony: the Wreck of the Sydney Cove. Her work conserving these objects, largely alone, was one of the largest maritime archaeological conservation projects ever undertaken in Australia.
In 2004, Linda was field conservator during the archaeological investigations of Chinese mining hut sites in isolated areas of North-Eastern Tasmania.
Linda was lead conservator during the conservation works at the Launceston Railway Workshops, one of Australia’s significant industrial heritage sites.
Linda has worked on the restoration and recording of heritage sites in Antarctica, including Mawson’s Huts, Mawson, Casey and Wilkes Stations and sealing remains on Macquarie Island.
Linda has provided mentorship and opportunities to young graduates, supervised with diligence countless volunteers and provided a voice for the protection of heritage.