I first came to Australia in 1964 and am now a citizen. Besides travelling widely, I trained as a young man as a Laboratory technician in virology in Trinidad, I have worked in fisheries research in Alaska both at sea and ashore (1962-63), and graduated as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in Sydney, Australia (1967). I lived for more than three years in India doing research on Indian and Tibetan history and have travelled extensively in South Asia. I have worked for many years in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia in a very wide variety of positions.
I have created a number of articles on the Wikipedia (see below) and significantly contributed to many more. I have uploaded more than 200 images (mostly my own photos) and have made thousands of edits.
I love the basic concept of the Wikipedia and constantly encourage others to contribute.
I am particularly concerned with ensuring the Wikipedia is not taken over by fanatics or used to promote fringe theories. I also make a point of adding or updating references, external links and items in "Further reading" sections, whenever possible. I also seem to spend an increasing amount of time trying to reverse the constant barrage of vandalism on the Wikipedia.
Asian history; particularly Chinese, Tibetan, Central Asian and Indian history and the development of trade routes both overland and maritime between East and West, and pre-historic contacts between Australia and other countries.
I have also published an article on the history of Khotan: Hill, John E.: "Notes on the Dating of Khotanese History." Indo-Iranian Journal 31 (1988), pp. 179-190.
My first book has now been published as: Through the Jade Gate to Rome: A Study of the Silk Routes during the Later Han Dynasty, 1st to 2nd Centuries CE. (2009). John E. Hill. (2009). BookSurge, Charleston, South Carolina. ISBN 978-1-4392-2134-1. It is available from several sources and is being sold at a 20% discount (at US$ 31.57 plus post) through Amazon.com at the moment.
For your contributions, translations, hard work, and efforts to improve Wikipedia. Congratulations! PHG 05:23, 22 July 2007 (UTC)
The Society Barnstar
For your contributions to articles on Indian social groups Amit 10:22, 18 July 2007 (UTC)
The Original Barnstar
Having seen your efforts on Jat-related pages I am awarding you this Most Highly Honoured Nasal Index barnstar for your efforts to maintain reason against the forces of the ethnocentrism Paul B 18:16, 11 June 2007 (UTC)
The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
Dear John you are doing an excellent job on Jat People page by enriching it with true facts & fighting vandalism.User:Kshatrap 09:06, 23 June 2007 (UTC)
I award this Barnstar to John for his great efforts in maintaining Jat Wiki Page unbiased. Neeraj Shokeen 13:55, 26 June 2007 (UTC)
The Vandal Whacking Stick
This should come in handy on the Jat people page. --Amit 11:39, 18 July 2007 (UTC)