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Biographical entry Mulvaney, Derek John (John) (1925 - 2016)

Born
26 October 1925
Yarram, Victoria, Australia
Died
21 September 2016
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Archaeologist

Summary

John Mulvaney was the first university-trained archaeologist to make Australia his field of study. He was acknowledged as a world-leader in the field of hunter-gatherer archaeology, specifically Australian prehistory. Mulvaney introduced Australian prehistory to the tertiary teaching curriculum, and changed the way archaeological fieldwork was practiced in Australia. He participated in landmark excavations including at Lake Mungo. For many years he was a Commissioner of the Australian Heritage Commission, involved in formulation of the Burra Charter, and was Australia's chief delegate at the UNESCO meeting held to determine criteria for world heritage listing. He served on the executive of a number of professional organisations, including the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.

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Events

1943 - 1946
Career position - Flight Officer, RAAF
1949 - 1951
Career position - Tutor, Department of History, University of Melbourne
1951
Education - MA, University of Melbourne
1953
Education - MA, University of Cambridge
1954 - 1958
Career position - Lecturer, Department of History, University of Melbourne
1959 - 1964
Career position - Senior Lecturer, Department of History, University of Melbourne
1961
Award - Nuffield Foundation Dominion Fellow
1963
Award - Research Medal, Royal Society of Victoria
1964 - 1980
Career position - Member, Council, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies
1965 - 1970
Career position - Senior Fellow, Faculty of Arts, Australian National University
1969 - 2016
Career position - Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities
1970
Education - PhD, University of Cambridge
1971 - 1985
Career position - Foundation Professor of Prehistory, Faculty of Arts, ANU
1972 - 1974
Career position - Council Member, Australian Humanities Academy
1974 - 1975
Career position - Member, Committee of Inquiry into Museums and National Collections
1976 - 1977
Career position - Commonwealth Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge
1976 - 1982
Career position - Commissioner, Australian Heritage
1976 - 1982
Career position - Council, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
1981 - 1983
Career position - Member, Interim Council, Museum of Australia
1982
Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
1982 - 1984
Career position - Chairman, Australian Institute Aboriginal Studies
1985
Life event - Retired
1985
Career position - Visiting Professor in Australian Studies, Harvard University, Boston, U.S.A.
1986 - 2016
Career position - Emeritus Professor, ANU
1988
Award - ANZAAS Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1989 - 1996
Career position - Secretary, Australian Academy of the Humanities
1991
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to prehistory and anthropology, particularly through the study of Aboriginal cultural heritage
1999
Award - Graham Clark Medal, British Academy
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to the preservation of natural, cultural and indigenous heritage in Australia
2004
Award - Rhys Jones Medal, Australian Archaeological Association

Published resources

Books

  • Mulvaney, D. J., Encounters in Place: Outsiders and Aboriginal Australians 1606 - 1985, University of Queensland Press, St Licia, Qldd, 1989, 263 pp. Details
  • Mulvaney, D. J., Prehistory and heritage: the writings of John Mulvaney, Research School of Pacific Studies, the Australian National University, Canberra, 1990, 326 pp. Details
  • Mulvaney, D.J. and Calaby, J.H., So much that is new: Baldwin Spencer, 1860-1929, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1985, 492 pp. Details
  • Mulvaney, Derek John, "The Axe had never Sounded": Place, People and Heritage of Recherche Bay, Tasmania, ANU E Press, Canberra, 2007, 141 pp. Also available at http://epress.anu.edu.au/axe_citation.html. Details

Book Sections

  • Mulvaney, D. J., 'Thomas, William (1793-1867)', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 2, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1967, pp. 518-519. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A020474b.htm. Details
  • Mulvaney, D. J., 'Gillen, Francis James (1855-1912)', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 9, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1983, pp. 6-7. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090007b.htm. Details
  • Mulvaney, D. J., 'Spencer, Sir Walter Baldwin (1860-1929), University Scientist and Administrator, Anthropologist and Connnoisseur', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 12, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 33-36. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A120043b.htm. Details
  • Mulvaney, D. J., 'Warner, William Lloyd (1898-1970), Anthropologist and Sociologist', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 12, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 386-387. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A120434b.htm. Details
  • Mulvaney, D. J., 'Massola, Aldo Giuseppe (1910-1975), Museum Curator [and Numismatist]', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 15, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2000, p. 327. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A150386b.htm. Details
  • Mulvaney, D. J., 'Daisy May Bates, 1859-1951', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004. Details
  • Mulvaney, D. J., 'Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer, 1860-1929', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004. Details
  • Mulvaney, D. J., 'Stanner, William Edward Henry (1905-1981), Journalist, Soldier and Anthropologist', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18, 2012, pp. 449-52. Details
  • Mulvaney, John, 'Meeting the Tasmanians', in Mulvaney, John and Tyndale-Biscoe, Hugh (eds), Rediscovering Recherche Bay, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia for the National Academies Forum, Canberra, 2007, pp. 59-68. Details
  • Mulvaney, John, '"Annexing All I Can Lay Hands On": Baldwin Spencer as Ethnographic Collector', in Peterson, Nicolas, Allen, Lindy and Hamby, Louise (eds), The Makers and Making of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2008, pp. 141-59. Details

Conference Papers

  • Mulvaney, D. J., 'Patron and Client: the Web of Intellectual Kinship in Australian Anthropology', in Nathan Reingold and Marc Rothenberg (eds), Scientific Colonialism: A Cross-Cultural Comparison. Papers From a Conference at Melbourne, Australia, 25-30 May 1981, Smithsonian Institution Press, Melbourne, 1981, pp. 55-77. Details

Edited Books

  • Bonyhady, Tim; Griffiths, Tom (ed.), Prehistory to Politics: John Mulvaney, the Public Intellectual, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1996, 283 pp. Details
  • Mulvaney, D. J. and Golson, J. (eds), Aboriginal Man and Environment in Australia, Australian National University Press, Canberra, 1971, 389 pp. Details
  • Mulvaney, John and Tyndale-Biscoe, Hugh (eds), Rediscovering Recherche Bay, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia for the National Academies Forum, Canberra, 2007, 156 pp. Details
  • Mulvaney, John, Morphy, Howard and Petch, Alison (eds), 'My dear Spencer': the letters of F.J. Gillen to Baldwin Spencer, Hyland House, South Melbourne, 1997, 554 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Mulvaney, D. J., 'Australian Archaeology 1929-1964: Problems and Policies', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 27, no. 2, 1964, pp. 29-44. Details

Reviews

  • Mulvaney, John, review of Fenner, Frank (ed.), The First Fifty Years (2005), Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 16, no. 2, 2005, pp. 249-251. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/?act=view_file&file_id=HR05012.pdf. Details
  • Mulvaney, John, review of Gammage, Bill, The Biggest Estate on Earth: how Aborigines Made Australia (2011), Australian Abiriginal Studies, vol. 2012, no. 1, 2012, pp. 108-10. Details

Online Resources

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