Margot HarkerDr Margot Harker

Harold White Fellowship Research Topic :
‘The Radiant Day’ – Australians and their weddings.
Dr Margot Harker undertook research on Australians and their weddings from 1788 to the present. She was particularly interested in the period since 1970, including such topics as Australian responses to the royal weddings of 1981 and 1986, the emergence of aggressive wedding service providers, and the apparent failure of feminism to influence phenomena such as the princess bride and the marginalised groom. Dr Harker drew on a range of sources from popular magazines to music and photographs. Her aim is to produce a book on the topic, expanding on the work in her PhD thesis.


Dr Harker submitted her PhD thesis at the Australian National University in 1998 on the subject of Australian weddings, after gaining her BA at the ANU and MA at the University of Western Australia.. She has worked as a curator at the Canberra Museum and Gallery and at the National Museum and has also been employed on the Biographical Dictionary of the Senate and the Australian Biographical Dictionary. She currently works as an independent researcher in Canberra.


Harker, MJ. (1998). This radiant day : a history of the wedding in Australia 1788-1960.
Thesis (Ph.D.), Australian National University.

Unpublished papers and presentations include:
Harker, M. Love of economics: Muriel McPhee's legacy to the nation. ANU Seminar Series 2000.
Harker, M. My husband and I: the historical significance of royal weddings. ANU Seminar Series 1998.
Harker, M. Ranged in order at those fatal rails: - the white wedding in Britain and Australia. 1995 Regional AHA Conference.
Harker, M. She wore a white dress and I drove the FJ. 1998 AHA National Conference.
Harker, M. The iconography of Australian celebration cakes. Centre for History of Food and Drink: inaugural conference 1997.

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