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Uncovering Ancient Australia: 65,000 years of Indigenous History

Dr Billy Griffiths
Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019
Complimentary Drinks Reception 6.30 pm; Talk 7.30 pm
Level 43, Champion Tower, 3 Garden Road, Central
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Historian Dr Billy Griffiths joined his first archaeological dig as a camp manager but soon began to study the extraordinary and fascinating ancient history of the Australian continent. His talk discusses his amazing finds uncovering the traces of ancient Australia. He also discusses the reassertion of Aboriginal identity in the second half of the 20th century.

The talk also charts the revolution in Australia’s perceived timescale over the past half-century. It follows the achievements of some of Australia’s pioneering archaeologists, reflecting on how archaeological insights have transformed understanding of Australia’s past.  That has contributed to transforming national narratives and sensibilities, particularly with regard to Aboriginal leaders’ voice in decision-making about their land and heritage that has changed the way many Australians relate to their continent and its dynamic human history.

Dr Billy Griffiths is a historian and research fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne, from which he holds a PhD.  He is also an Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage.  He is the author of The China Breakthrough: Whitlam in the Middle Kingdom, and the critically-acclaimed bestseller Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia, which won the 2018 John Mulvaney Book Award.  His research has been commended by the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, the Queensland Literary Awards, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the Australian Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. 


Members of the RGS, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$150 for RGS Members and HK$200 for guests and others, including a complimentary glass of white or red wine.  This event is free of charge for Student Members.

The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to Cathay Pacific for generously bringing Dr Billy Griffiths to Hong Kong. 

The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to The Executive Centre as our Venue Sponsor of this talk. 


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