About Marji Hill

About Marji Hill

Marji Hill 

Marji Hill, artist and painter since childhood, runs her art career alongside her career as an author.

Marji is a highly respected international author as well as a seasoned business executive, researcher, and coach.


She is passionate about promoting understanding between Australia’s first people and other Australians. Marji has fostered the spirit of reconciliation in all her writings since she was Research Fellow in Education at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in Canberra. Following her Education Research Fellowship atAIATSIS in 1976 Marji, together with her late partner, Alex Barlow, produced more than seventy(70) books on all aspects of the First Nations people including the critical, annotated bibliography Black Australia.


In 1989 Marji was the Project Coordinator and one of the researchers and writers of Australian Aboriginal Culture the official Australian Government publication on First Nations people.
In 1988 Six Australian Battlefields was published by Angus and Robertson. A decade later it was re-published by Allen & Unwin as a paperback edition.
Her nine-volume encyclopaedia, MacmillanEncyclopaedia of Australia’s Aboriginal Peoples was published in 2000 and in 2009 she published The Apology: Saying Sorry to the Stolen Generations.
Marji’s more recent publications extend to self-improvement and self-help with books like Staying Young Growing Old and Inspired by Country a self-help book about painting with gouache.
Eureka Flag


Marji’s artworks range from huge oil paintings on canvas (her largest being 213 x 167cm) to very small works on paper – gouache being a favourite medium. Black/white relations, reconciliation, Eureka, and the
discovery of gold are common themes not only in her writings but also in her art. Her small paintings are simple responses to land and sea environments.
Painting has been a lifetime passion for Marji.  Marji’s formal art training took place in the 1980s at the Canberra School of Art which in 1992 became ANU School of Art & Design. As soon as she completed her Master of Arts Degree in Anthropology at the Australian National University (ANU), Marji went on to get a Post Graduate Diploma in Painting. She has held eight solo exhibitions in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney and has participated in various group shows.
One of her large paintings was included in the 2004- 2005 Art Gallery of Ballarat Travelling Exhibition Eureka Revisited: the Contest of Memories. This exhibition travelled to Melbourne, Canberra and Ballarat – part of the 150-year celebration of the Eureka Stockade. Two of her large paintings were commissioned by the Citigold Corporation. One did hang for many years in the foyer of Jupiter’s Casino in Townsville until the casino was sold, becoming the Ville Resort-Casino. Jupiter’s Lucky Strike celebrates the discovery of gold by First Nations boy, Jupiter Mosman in 1871 at Charters Towers in North Queensland. This painting today hangs in the offices of the Citigold Corporation in Charters Towers. The other, a portrait of Jupiter Mosman resides in the World Theatre in Charters Towers.
Marji’s paintings are in many private collections both in Australia and overseas and she is represented in the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Ballarat and Sydney campuses of the Australian Catholic University.
For many years Marji travelled extensively both within Australia and internationally, working as a consultant, doing speaking engagements, motivating people, and developing her art career. Marji has returned to her birthplace and now resides in Surfers Paradise. She pursues her interests in writing, painting, mentoring, publishing, and internet marketing.

Fast Self-Publishing Online

Given Marji’s long and extensive experience in the book industry, she is now sharing her knowledge and expertise with people who want to write and self-publish. She is the founder of Fast Self-Publishing Online the platform she uses to coach and help others.