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Professor Philip Payton

Emeritus Professor


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As Professor of Cornish & Australian Studies, Philip Payton is acknowledged as a leading specialist on Cornish emigration history. His The Cornish Overseas: A History of Cornwall’s Great Emigration (Cornwall Editions, Fowey: 2005) remains the standard volume on the subject. His most recent book Regional Australia and the Great War: ‘The Boys from Old Kio’ (University of Exeter Press: 2012) is an in depth examination of the wartime experiences of one Cornish emigrant community, and complements his Making Moonta: The Invention of ‘Australia’s Little Cornwall’ (University of Exeter Press: 2007).

Philip Payton has also made a significant contribution to Cornish biographical studies, and two important biographies include John Betjeman and Cornwall: ‘The Celebrated Cornish Nationalist’ (University of Exeter Press: 2010) and A.L. Rowse and Cornwall: A Paradoxical Patriot (University of Exeter Press: 2005, paperback 2007).

He is author of Cornwall: A History (Cornwall Editions: Fowey, 2004), and edits the annual volume Cornish Studies, now in its twentieth year, published by Univrsity of Exeter Press. His Maritime History of Cornwall, edited jointly with Alston and Helen Doe, is shortly to appear from University of Exeter Press.

Philip is a Past President of the British-Australian Studies Association, and is Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies, which is co-founded by Cornwall Council. He was Visiting Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick during April 2013, and is Adjunct Professor of History at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.