Dr Mike Harding

Visiting Research Fellow

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics


I am interested in the historical agency of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the history of their engagement in the labour market and the mining industry, in particular, the northern and central Australia regions. My PhD examined Aboriginal engagement in the northern South Australian Opal Industry c. 1940 -1980. Other research interests include Aboriginal people and government policy in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the history of northern and central Australia, and South Australia generally.

I am currently researching the history of mineral exploration and mining on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in northern South Australia c. 1880-1990.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 - ongoing Casual Volunteer Ara Irititja Archival Project
    2017 - 2020 Honorary Visiting Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2017 Casual Research Officer University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2012 Senior Researcher (Anthropologist and Historian) South Australian Native Title Services
    1999 - 2008 Anthropologist Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement
    1996 - 1999 Anthropologist Pitjantjatjara Council
    1994 - 1996 Senior Field Officer Department of Employment, Education and Training
    1992 - 1994 Project Officer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2012 - 2016 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    2009 - 2010 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (Honours) First Class
    1994 - 1995 Deakin University Australia Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Second Class Division A
    1990 - 1993 Curtin University of Technology Australia Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction)
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Harding, M. A. (2019). Book Review: Michael Duke, Arabana and the Ghan, Connor Court Publishing,Redland 2019. Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, 47, 148-150.
    2018 Harding, M. (2018). Aboriginal engagement in the northern South Australian opal industry c. 1940-1980.. Labour History News, 4-6.
    2017 Harding, M. (2017). Aboriginal Engagement in the Northern South Australian Opal Industry, c 1940-1980.. Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, 45, 67-79.
    2017 Harding, M. (2017). The Nature and Significance of Aboriginal Work in the Northern South Australian Opal Industry c.1940-1980.. Journal of Australasian Mining History, 15, 47-64.
  • Original Creative Works

    Year Citation
    2018 Authors: Harding M. Title: Book Review: Tom Gara and Peggy Brock (eds), Colonialism and its Aftermath: A History of Aboriginal South Australia, Adelaide: Wakefield Press 2017.. Description: N/A. Extent: 2 pages.
    2018 Authors: Harding M. Title: Book review: Skye Krichauff, Memory, Place and Aboriginal-Settler History: Understanding Australian's Consciousness of the Colonial Past, London: Anthem Press, 2017.. Description: N/A. Extent: 3 pages.
  • Position: Visiting Research Fellow
  • Email: mike.harding@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 8
  • Org Unit: School of Humanities

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