Professor Philip Payton

Academic Level E

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Science South
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I was appointed Professor in 2014, having been Adjunct Professor at Flinders since March 2013. I am also Emeritus Professor of Cornish & Australian Studies at the University of Exeter, where I was Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies from October 1991 until December 2013. Previously, I was an Officer in the Education Specialisation of the Royal Navy (1979-1991), and later served as a Reservist (1992-2009) in the Media Operations Specialisation, of which I was Head (1998-2003). I was inter alia Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and International Affairs at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, 1989-1991. Recent books include Australia in the Great War (Robert Hale, London, 2015), The Maritime History of Cornwall (edited with Alston Kennerley and Helen Doe) ( University of Exeter Press, 2014) , One & All: Labor and the Radical Tradition in South Australia, (Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2016), Emigrants and Historians: Essays in Honour of Eric Richards (ed.) (Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2016), A History of Sussex (Carnegie Publishers, Lancaster, 2017), Cornwall: A History (University of Exeter Press, 2017, new edition), 'Repat': A Concise History of Repatriation in Australia (Department of Veteran Affairs, Canberra, 2018), More than the Last Shiiling: Repatriation in Australia 1994-2018 (Department of Veterans' Affairs, Canberra, 2019), Australia, Migration & Empire (ed. with Andrekos Varnava) (Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2019), and The Cornish Overseas: A History of Cornwall's Great Emigration (University of Exeter Press, 2020, new edition). An edited collection of chapters Cornwall in The Age of Rebellion 1490-1690 will be published by University of Exeter Press during 2020.


Doctor of Philosophy: 'Modern Cornwall and the Changing Nature of Peripherality', University of Plymouth, 1990.

Doctor of Philiosophy: 'The Cornish in South Australia: Their Influence and Experience from Immigration to Assimilation, 1836-1936', University of Adelaide, 1979.

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Social Science in Economics & Politics, University of Bristol, 1975.

Honours, awards and grants

Honours and Awards:

South Australian Historian of the Year (2017)

Distinguished Talent Visa (2014)

Hon. Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2013)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (1996)

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (1988)

Visiting Fellow, University of Tasmania (2014)

Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick (2013)

Visiting Fellow, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University (2007)


AUD 136,000 Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs Research Contract (2017)

AUD 4,296 University of Tasmania Visiting Fellowship (2014)

AUD 90,000 Don Dunstan Foundation (Labor SA Project)

UKP 1,638 University of Warwick Visiting Fellowship (2013)

UKP 5.000 Leverhulme Trust to fund workshop attendances as part of co-applicant inter-institutional grant (UKP 125,000) for 'A World of Copper: Globalising the Industrial Revolution 1830-1870'

UKP 700,000 Cornwall Council grant (2000-2013) to support Community Engagement projects

UKP 12,000 European Regional Development Fund, Knowledge Transfer Fellowship (2010)

UKP 45,000 European Social Fund Postgraduate Scholarship to fund PhD student (2010)

AUD 500 State History Trust of South Australia, to fund conference keynote address (2009)

USD 500 Cornish Heritage Society of North America, to fund conference keynote address (2009)

AUD 500 District Council of the Copper Coast, South Australia, to fund keynote address (2009)

AUD 500 Department of Environment, State Government of South Australia, to fund public consultation visits to Burra and Moonta (potential World Heritage Sites) (2008)

AUD 300 National Library of Australia and University of New South Wales to fund conference attendance (2008)

UKP 126,000 Arts & Humanities Research Council, Knowledge Transfer partnership with Royal Cornwall Museum (2007)

AUD 2,700 plus accommodation Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University Visiting Fellowship (2007)

UKP 800 British Academy to fund conference keynote address (2006)

UKP 70,000 European Social Fund for Community Engagement projects (2005)

UKP 4,000 British Academy to fund visiting professor (2004)

Supervisory interests
Australian history
Australian studies
Cornish history
Cornish studies
First World War
Regions and regionalism
War studies