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John Mulvaney John Mulvaney i(A29097 works by) (a.k.a. Derek John Mulvaney; D. J. Mulvaney)
Born: Established: 26 Oct 1925 Yarram, Yarram - Woodside area, Central Gippsland, Gippsland, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 21 Sep 2016
Gender: Male
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John Mulvaney (FAHA, FBA) was the first university trained archaeologist to work in Australia. He became interested in prehistory while stationed in England during World War II and studied Roman history at the University of Melbourne. After writing a masters degree in 1950 on Roman history in Britain he became interested in Australian prehistory and applied to study archaeology at Cambridge Unviersity.

In 1957 John Mulvaney established an honours course on Pacific prehistory at the University of Melbourne. He was professor of prehistory at the Australian National University 1971-1985. His studies and excavations changed the prevailing understanding of Aboriginal history by showing that Australia had a history before European colonisation.

Source: Sally Pryor, 'Past Master', The Canberra Times (12 March 2011): Panorama 10-11

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[Review] The Biggest Estate on Earth : How Aborigines Made Australia 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 1 2012; (p. 108-110)

— Review of The Biggest Estate on Earth : How Aborigines Made Australia Bill Gammage , 2011 single work non-fiction

'Bill Gammage has done Indigenous Australians a great service and other Australians should ponder his thesis. This book is a great read and an intellectual and moral achievement. Well written, insightful, scholarly and continental in scope, it is a landmark in our historical appreciation of Australia’s landscape in (Gammage’s omnibus chronological term) ‘1788’.'  (Introduction)

2013 Shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
y separately published work icon Paddy Cahill of Oenpelli Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2004 Z1172056 2004 single work biography This biography recounts the story of one of the Northern Territory's historically colourful characters who was an energetic frontiersman, pioneer of tropical horticulture, agriculture, and more controversially, Protector of Aborigines. Viewed from today he was a stern manager although his views changed significantly with time.
2005 winner Chief Minister's Northern Territory History Book Award
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