* PhD in Aboriginal History (2015), University of New South Wales
Master of Prehistoric Archaeology (1999), University of Copenhagen, Denmark
* Bachelor of Arts with Prehistory Major (1996), University of Sydney
Full Member Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc.
Full Member Professional Historians Association NSW
Member - Australian Archaeological Association, Australian Historical Association
I have twenty years of consultancy experience in New South Wales on a broad range of Aboriginal heritage and history projects. I am the director of Coast History & Heritage, where I work as a historian and archaeologist. I specialise in Aboriginal history and heritage research and interpretation and Aboriginal cultural heritage management for private clients as well as local and state government.
Irish, P. 2017. Hidden In Plain View. The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney (NewSouth Publishing; Sydney).
Irish, P. 2015. “The Salt Pan Creek Boondi”, in Brown, S., Clarke, A & Frederick, U. (eds). Object Stories: Artifacts & Archaeologists (Walnut Creek, Left Coast Press): 125-130.
Irish, P. & Goward, T. 2012. �Where�s the Evidence? The Archaeology of Sydney�s Aboriginal History� Archaeology in Oceania 47:60-68.
Irish, P. 2011. �Hidden in Plain View � the Sydney Aboriginal Historical Places Project�, in Changing Perspectives in Australian Archaeology. Part III. Technical Reports of the Australian Museum, Online 23(3).
Irish, P. 2010. Final Report on Aboriginal Archaeological Monitoring and Salvage Excavations, Meeting Place Precinct, Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell, NSW. Australian Archaeological Consultancy Monograph Series, Volume 1.
Irish, P. 2007. "Bundeena Bling? Possible Aboriginal shell adornment from Southern Sydney" Australian Archaeology 64:46-9.
Irish, P. 2004. �When is a scar a scar? Evaluating scarred and marked trees at Sydney Olympic Park�, Australian Archaeology 59:59-61.
Recent Conference Presentations
�Newground� - Australian Archaeological Association Conference, Sydney NSW � 25 September 2007: Tying Up Some Loose Ends: Current Sydney-based research projects arising from consulting work
AIATSIS Conference 2009, Australian National University, Canberra � 29 September 2009: �Hidden in Plain View� � Aboriginal Historical People and Places in an Urban Sydney Landscape [Runner Up Best Conference Presentation]
Australian Archaeological Association Conference, Batemans Bay NSW � 11 December 2010: The Salt Pan Creek Nulla Nulla � An Archaeology of Land Rights?
Australian Archaeological Association Conference, Batemans Bay NSW � 11 December 2010: Dumbing-Down ? The Push Towards Prescription and the Future Direction of Archaeological Consulting with Alyssa Gilchrist, Paul Irish, Sharon Lane & Jim Wheeler [Winner Best Consultancy Paper]
UNSW School of History and Philosophy Postgraduate Research Conference 2011 � 8 September 2011: Pushing the Boundaries. Historical Aboriginal people in eastern Sydney and a challenge to the mapping of identity.
Australian Historical Association Conference 2012 � 11 July 2012: Out of the Picture? Aboriginal People in Images of 19th Century Sydney.
From the Ground Up Sydney History Conference � 24 August 2012: The Archaeology of Aboriginal People in 19th century Sydney.