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Dr Billy Griffiths



Senior Research Fellow, DECRA


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus



Dr Billy Griffiths is a historian and DECRA Research Fellow with the Alfred Deakin Institute. 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 was 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 Lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies (SHSS), the Co-Convenor of the People, Place and Heritage Research Stream (ADI) and an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH). He serves as the Deputy Chair of Australian Book Review.

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Searching for Retribution Camp

Billy Griffiths

(2023), pp. 105-116, Memory in Place Locating Colonial Histories and Commemoration, Canberra, ACT., B1

book chapter

Oceanic Histories: A Roundtable

Lynette Russell, Patrick Nunn, Natalie Bateman, Billy Griffiths, Tiffany Shellam, Ruth Morgan, Laura Rademaker

(2022), pp. 1-24, Journal of Australian Studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

A Colonial Surface Scatter: Deepening Histories at Jiigurru / Walmbaar (Lizard Island)'

Billy Griffiths

(2021), Vol. 12, pp. 32-42, Humanities Australia, Acton, A.C.T., C1

journal article

This place of sickness

William Griffiths

(2020), pp. 1-10, Fire, flood and plague: Australian writers respond to 2020, North Sydney, N.S.W., B1

book chapter

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

Book review: Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia by Billy Griffiths

Martin Thomas

(2019), Vol. 43, pp. 183-186, Aboriginal History Journal, Canberra, ACT., 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), Melbourne, Vic., 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


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

  • 2023: $33,250
  • 2022: $20,750
  • 2021: $20,750

Shadow Continent: Submerged Histories from Sahul

Dr Billy Griffiths

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2024: $57,514
  • 2023: $126,166
  • 2022: $117,006


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