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Senior Research Fellow, Deakin University

Sarah Hayes is a historical archaeologist who researches quality of life and social mobility in 19th-century Victoria through everyday people's lives, homes and rubbish. As an artefact specialist, she spends much of her time in a lab with boxes of broken plates, bottles and all kinds of daily detritus from long ago. She works within the 'People, Place, Heritage' stream of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University.


  • 2018–present
    Senior research fellow, Deakin University
  • 2016–2018
    Research fellow, La Trobe University
  • 2010–2016
    Postdoctoral research fellow, La Trobe University
  • 2009–2010
    Research assistant, La Trobe University
  • 2008–2009
    Tutor, La Trobe University


  • 2009 
    La Trobe University, PhD
  • 2004 
    La Trobe University, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • 1999 
    Flinders University, Bachelor of Archaeology


  • 2017
    A Golden Opportunity: Mayor Smith and Melbourne’s emergence as a global city, International Journal of Historical Archaeology
  • 2016
    Melbourne’s Waste Management History and Cesspit Formation Processes: Evidence from Little Lon, Australian Archaeology
  • 2014
    Good Taste, Fashion, Luxury: A genteel Melbourne family and their rubbish,
  • 2014
    A Doomed Business: The Material Culture of Ann Jones and the Glenrowan Inn, Australasian Historical Archaeology
  • 2011
    Amalgamation of Archaeological Assemblages: experiences from the Commonwealth Block project, Melbourne, Australian Archaeology
  • 2011
    Gentility in the Dining and Tea Service Practices of Early Colonial Melbourne's ‘Established Middle Class’, Australasian Historical Archaeology
  • 2010
    Managing the Commonwealth Block Archaeological Assemblage: an Australian case study, , Collections: A Journal for Museums and Archives Professionals
  • 2007
    Consumer Practice at Viewbank Homestead, Australasian Historical Archaeology
  • 2005
    Yorktown: the cultural landscape of the first European settlement in the North of Tasmania, The Artefact

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    An Archaeology of Quality of Life in Victoria’s Gold Rush Era, 1851-1880
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2010
    Suburban Archaeology: Approaching the Archaeology of the Middle Class in 19th-Century Melbourne
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2009
    A Historical Archaeology of the Commonwealth Block, 1850-1950
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology
  • Australian History Association
  • Museums Australia

Research Areas

  • Historical Archaeology (Incl. Industrial Archaeology) (210108)
  • Archaeology (2101)
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
  • Museum Studies (210204)