Michael Dufty was born in Canada where his father was studying, but grew up in Perth, Western Australia. He attended Nedlands Primary School, Orange Grove Primary School, Cloverdale Primary School. He started high school at Maddington Senior High School, then transferred to Kent St Senior High School to do the Aeronautics course in year 11 and 12.
He started studying mechanical engineering at the University of WA, but switched to Environmental Engineering when the course was introduced and was part of the first group of students to graduate in Environmental Engineering from UWA.
He was active in the UWA outdoors club, then later the Climbing Association of WA, and Cloudbase Paragliding club, and also an active participant in Rogaining and Orienteering in WA.
He worked at the Water Authority of Western Australia after graduating, transferring briefly to the Water and Rivers Commission (Swan River Trust) when the Water Authority was split up, then took some time off to travel, working for PGL adventure in France, exploring some of Europe then the Vancouver area in Canada.
He started work with Tony McNulty and Associates after returning to WA. This company then became Martinick McNulty, then MBS Environmental.
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