ABouT Dr JuLIET o'CoNor

Expertise and areas of interest

I have a working knowledge of five centuries of children’s books, through 25 years experience curating a heritage collection of Australian and overseas children’s books. My experience includes selection of contemporary and antiquarian children’s books to comprehensively reflect the Australian child’s literary history and to counterpoint those developments with trends in the broader history of international developments in children’s literature.

My special area of expertise is the history of Indigenous Australian children's books. I completed my doctorate in this field in 2015 and continue to publish on aspects of this topic.

I draw upon my experience developing the State Library Victoria’s Children’s Literature Collection from 12,000 items to over 120,000 children’s books published between the 16th and 21st centuries. I have supervised the acquisition, preservation and conservation of a large private collection of 25,000 Australian and New Zealand items added to the Library’s collection in 1994. In addition I have negotiated bequests, and smaller donations to the collection. I also actively selected relevant items for exhibition and online promotional opportunities to augment existing collection strengths.


Expertise and areas of Interest


public speaking

Children's book collection assessment + valuation