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Dr Billy Griffiths



Lecturer, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Education


Melbourne Burwood Campus



Dr Billy Griffiths is a historian and lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies. His research engages with cultural heritage, Indigenous history, political history, archaeology and seascapes. His latest book, Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia (Black Inc., 2018), was awarded the Ernest Scott Prize, the John Mulvaney Book Award, the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction and 2019 Book of the Year at the NSW Premier’s History Awards.

He is also the author of The China Breakthrough: Whitlam in the Middle Kingdom, 1971 (Monash University Publishing, 2012) and co-editor with Mike Smith of The Australian Archaeologist’s Book of Quotations (Monash University Publishing, 2015). He is a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, and an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).

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How archaeology helped save the Franklin River

William Griffiths

(2019), pp. 40-47, The Van Diemen Anthology 2019, Hobart, Tasmania, B1

book chapter

The archive of the Earth: reading Rocky Cape

William Griffiths

(2019), Vol. 20, pp. 1-24, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Baltimore, Md., C1

journal article

Deep time dreaming: uncovering ancient Australia

W Griffiths

(2018), Carlton, Vic., A1


What we were told: Responses to 65,000 years of Aboriginal history

W Griffiths, Lynette Russell

(2018), Vol. 42, pp. 31-53, Aboriginal History Journal, Canberra, A.C.T., C1

journal article

Caring for country: the place where the dreaming changed shape

W Griffiths

(2017), Vol. 56, pp. 232-245, Griffith review, South Bank, Qld., B1-1

book chapter

'The Dawn' of Australian Archaeology: John Mulvaney at Fromm's Landing

W Griffiths

(2017), Vol. 8, pp. 100-111, Journal of Pacific archaeology, Auckland, New Zealand, C1

journal article

The Australian Archaeologist's Book of Quotations

Mike Smith, Billy Griffiths

(2015), A7

edited book

A world in a grain of sand: the Malakunanja II diaries

W Griffiths

(2013), Vol. 41, pp. 162-177, Griffith review, South Bank, Qld., B1

book chapter

The China Breakthrough: Whitlam in the Middle Kingdom, 1971

W Griffiths

(2012), Melbourne, Vic., A1-1


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