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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), won the Felicia A Holton Book Award, 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 Literary Awards. He is the recipient of the 2020 Max Crawford Medal from the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

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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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Fugitive Traces: Reconstructing Yulluna experiences of the frontier

A/Prof Lynley Wallis, Dr Billy Griffiths, Prof Heather Burke, Mr Nicholas Hadnutt, Ms Trina Jackson, Mr Vincent Wall

ARC Special Research Initiatives

  • 2021: $20,750


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