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.
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
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)
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, (Summer 2017-18), 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.
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