Maria Nugent is Fellow in the Australian Centre for Indigenous History in the School of History at ANU. She is the author or editor of five books on cross-cultural history in Australia, and has published widely in Indigenous Australian history and memory studies. Her work straddles academic and public forms of history, with a particular focus given to analysing past and present modes of telling history and making memory in cultural heritage, community and museum contexts, and through art, oration and objects, performance, petitioning and diplomacy, and film and television. She has recently co-edited with Professor Sarah Carter (University of Alberta) a book on Indigenous people’s interpretations of Queen Victoria in Australia, New Zealand, southern Africa and Canada. At present, she is contributing to two collaborative projects to research and interpret historical collections held by public museums and libraries, including the British Museum, the National Museum of Australia, Museum Victoria and the State Library of NSW. She was previously co-editor of Aboriginal History journal and is currently Chair of the Board of Aboriginal History Inc.