Stephen Clarke


A History graduate of the University of Otago (BA Hons, MA) and the University of New South Wales (PhD), I am a professional historian, founder and managing director of Making History Ltd.

After working as a historian at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and a fifteen-year career with charities in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, I founded Making History Ltd in 2015 with the purpose of making history accessible, interesting and impactful.

With extensive experience and expertise in historical research and publications my clients include the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Cure Kids, InterMed Medical Ltd, J R McKenzie Trust, NZ Post, Māori Television, Public Trust, Rotary, RSA, House of Travel, and many more.

I also have extensive experience in communications and public relations, radio and television, major events, commemorations, master of ceremonies, historical tourism and commercial storytelling.


Giving for Good: The History of the J R McKenzie Trust (J R McKenzie Trust, 2022)

Onward and onya: The involvement, interaction and influence of the New Zealand and Australian armies’ in Craig Stockings & Peter Dennis (eds.) An Army of Influence: Eighty Years of Regional Engagement (Cambridge University Press, 2021)

Mana Tangata People of Action: Rotary Clubs in New Zealand and the Pacific (Point Publishing, 2021)

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Kaikorai Primary School 1869–2019 (Dunedin, 2019)

After the War: The RSA in New Zealand (Penguin, 2016)

RSA in the City: A Short History of the Auckland RSA (Auckland, 2016)


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  • Multimedia
  • Photographic research
  • Public speaking
  • Publicity
  • Research
  • Tour guiding
  • Writing


  • Business
  • Defence/military
  • Education
  • Family
  • Government administration
  • Health and medical
  • Institutional
  • Medical and health
  • Politics
  • Welfare