John Mulvaney

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Derek John Mulvaney AO CMG FAHA (26 October 1925 – 21 September 2016) was an Australian archaeologist known as the "father of Australian archaeology".[1][2]

Mulvaney was born in Yarram, Victoria. He began his academic career at the University of Melbourne in Roman history, writing an MA thesis on State and Society in Britain at the time of Roman conquest. In consciously preparing himself to begin the field of Australian archaeology, he entered Cambridge University as an undergraduate, studying British, Irish, German and Danish prehistoric archaeology. His first excavation in Australia was at Fromm's Landing. He obtained his PhD from Cambridge in 1970.

During his academic career, he co-authored and/or edited 17 books.[3]

He was for many years a Commissioner of the Australian Heritage Commission. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1969, the year of its foundation, serving on its Council from 1972 to 1974 and again, this time as Honorary Secretary, from 1989 to 1996.

Mulvaney died in Canberra at the age of 90 on 21 September 2016.[4][5]



  1. ^ Rhys Jones Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Archaeology 2004, Australian Archaeological Association.
  2. ^ John Mulvaney, ‘father of Australian archeology’ dies aged 90 by VICTORIA LAURIE for The Australian12:49PM September 23, 2016
  3. ^ "John Mulvaney - National Museum of Australia". 
  4. ^ Canberra Times, Death notice, 24 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Australia's 'father of archaeology' dies aged 90". 22 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Academy Fellows: Mulvaney, John, AO, CMG FAHA". 
  7. ^ "It's an Honour - Honours - Search Australian Honours". 
  8. ^ "It's an Honour - Honours - Search Australian Honours". 
  9. ^ "It's an Honour - Honours - Search Australian Honours".