Maria K. John is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department of Columbia University. She has joined us over the past week to consult with the State Library’s Indigenous librarians, Melissa Jackson and Ronald Briggs.
Her research in Australia is focussed on political activism and the establishment of health services for Aboriginal people in Redfern in the 1960s and 1970s.
Before coming to Australia, Maria was researching similar occurrences in the United States relating to Native Americans. She visited a number of Indigenous communities in Seattle and New York and is now using the information gathered from those visits to compare with the experiences of Indigenous Australians.
Maria will also join us over the coming week and after this time her research will continue back in the United States.