Juliet is the most knowledgeable person on the subject of historical children's books in the country, and one of the foremost experts on Australian children's book history in the world. Her doctoral project on 20th-century representations of Indigenous traditional story is exemplary of the meticulous nature of her research and her vital contribution to scholarship on children's literature and book history.

Dr Michelle Smith
Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

Room W733, Menzies Building

20 Chancellors Walk

Monash University

Clayton 3800 Australia

Juliet's expertise in the history of children's literature - and Australian and New Zealand books in particular - is unparalleled. Her experience developing the Children's Literature Collection at the State Library of Victoria is complemented by her extensive doctoral research on Australian indigenous books for children, enabling her to provide thoughtful and nuanced understandings of children's texts from the past that reflect the complex histories of childhood and children's print culture.

Kristine Moruzi, PhD

Senior Lecturer

School of Communication and Creative Arts

Deakin University

221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125 Australia

I consider Dr O'Conor to be a leading expert in the field of children's books and literature. This expertise has been developed over a professional career of more than twenty-five years working actively with State Library Victoria's extensive collections of children's literature.

Des Cowley

Principal Librarian History of the Book and Arts Collection Development and Description

State Library Victoria

328 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia