Garrick Hitchcock

Dr Garrick Hitchcock


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Research interests

Native title; social mapping and landowner identification; cultural heritage; maritime frontier history; political ecology; ethnotaxonomy; Papua New Guinea; Torres Strait


I am a social anthropologist and cultural heritage manager. My PhD research (1995-1998) was undertaken on the Torassi or Bensbach River area of Papua New Guinea’s Western Province, near the border with the Indonesian province of Papua. From 1999-2003 I was Anthropologist in the Native Title Office, Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA). Since that time I have continued to work in Torres Strait and Papua New Guinea as a consultant. I have also been a Research Officer at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre (2017) and Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland (PNG-Australia Borderlands Project, 2018).

Career Highlights

Anthropologist, Native Title Office, Torres Strait Regional Authority (1999-2003)

Director, Arafura Consulting (2005-present)

Author of anthropological reports for five native title consent determinations in Torres Strait

Discovery of mammal species Lagorchestes conspicillatus and Xeromys myoides in New Guinea


  • Fellow, Australian Anthropological Society
  • Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Member, Australian Archaeological Association
  • Fellow, The Linnean Society of London
  • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society


BA (Hons) PhD (Qld) FLS FRGS

Expertise Areas

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge
  • Agricultural Land Management
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
  • Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl. New Zealand)
  • Pacific History (excl. New Zealand and Maori)


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