AustLit logo
Juliet O'Conor Juliet O'Conor i(A89011 works by)
Gender: Female
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.

Works By

Preview all
1 The Ken Pound Collection of Children’s Books Juliet O'Conor , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: The La Trobe Journal , March no. 104 2020; (p. 76-87)
'State Library Victoria holds the most comprehensive collection of Australian children’s books in any public institution in the world. The Library’s Children’s Literature Collection fundamentally changed with the acquisition in 1994 of a private collection of 25,000 Australian and New Zealand children’s books amassed by Melbourne collector Ken Pound. This took the collection above 100,000 items, increasing the Library’s holdings of variant editions, ephemera, advertising, print-based games and short-lived Australian publishing house titles. Today the Library holds approximately 150,000 children’s books published over five centuries. This remarkable collection is of world significance.' (Introduction)
1 John Mystery and the Australian Book Trade Juliet O'Conor , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , vol. 22 no. 1 2012; (p. 68-80)
The John Mystery books are a collection of Australian children's books and ephemera produced by a little known publishing dynamo, Lester Sinclair, in the middle of the twentieth century. I identify factors which operated to position these items as forgotten elements of Australian literary history. After contextualizing the John Mystery brand of children's books, I suggest how children's literature scholars may find potential resources in the Children's Literature Collection and other heritage collections of the State Library of Victoria (Author abstract).
1 From Colonial Superstition to the Hairyman : Aboriginality and the Politics of Race Juliet O'Conor , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations Into Children's Literature , vol. 20 no. 2 2010; (p. 11-22)
'The misconceptions of Indigenous incapacity and pastoral welfarism evident in the mid century texts are reversed by the end of the century and the texts that have made the same possible are discussed. Characterization of the Indigenous protagonists in each publication reveals much about changing perceptions of Aboriginality.' (Author's abstract)
1 11 y separately published work icon Bottersnikes and Other Lost Things : A Celebration of Australian Illustrated Children's Books Juliet O'Conor , Carlton : Melbourne University Publishing , 2009 Z1631760 2009 single work criticism 'Lazy Bottersnikes in outback rubbish tips, Sir Pronoun's dilemma about standing in Miss Noun's place and the story of how Jack built a house, a hut or a shack are all to be found in this treasury of Australian children's books. Exploring everything from schooldays to fantasy worlds, from its 19th century beginnings to the 21st century, this book is remarkable for its breadth of coverage, encouraging new ways of seeing the Australian child's literary history.' Source: (Sighted 06/10/09)
1 1 y separately published work icon Reading In The Victorian Classroom Clare Bradford (lead researcher), St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2007-2009 Z1773387 2007 website bibliography The Reading in the Victorian Classroom dataset was established in 2007. It provides information on the Victorian Readers, a series of school readers produced between 1927 and 1930 for schoolchildren in Victoria and used (with revisions) until the 1950s.
1 Chimney Pots to Gumnuts : May Gibbs' About Us Juliet O'Conor , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Dromkeen Society Bulletin , September vol. 13 no. 3 2007; (p. 5-6)
1 The Legends of Moonie Jarl : Our First Indigenous Children's Book Juliet O'Conor , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The La Trobe Journal , Autumn no. 79 2007; (p. 66-81)
'This paper examines how cultural difference is portrayed in the first publication by Indigenous Australians in this genre. The path to the publication of this pivotal book ... reveals the successful employment of publishing opportunities empowering Indigenous Australians to change reader perception of the traditional story genre (p.67).
1 Postcolonial Transformation and Traditional Australian Indigenous Story Juliet O'Conor , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 16 no. 2 2006; (p. 132-137)
O'Conor examines and acknowledges the 1964 text The Legends of Moonie Jarl (Wilf Reeves) as a turning point in Australia's literary history and as a challenge to dominant colonial assumptions regarding Aboriginal culture. At a time when non-Indigenous representations of Aboriginality were privileged and presumed to be accurate, the twelve stories in this collection challenged the hegemonic view of the Indigenous population by 'defining the cultural significance of traditional Aboriginal culture' (134). In particular, O'Conor points to how the use of maps in the text works to 'invite readers across cultural boundaries' by using traditional symbols to develop the non-indigenous reader's understanding of Indigenous communities and as such, 'the story maps of The Legends of Moonie Jarl marked a new form of illustration in traditional narrative' (135). Her discussion focuses on how the text expands 'map reading' into the realm of cultural difference through its construction of a 'story map' that intergrates Indigenous and non-Indigenous signs and symbols.
1 Library Profile: Margaret Ingham Juliet O'Conor , 1999 single work biography
— Appears in: The La Trobe Journal , Spring no. 64 1999; (p. 57-60)
1 Strange Places for Children's Books : The History of Children's Literature at the State Library of Victoria Juliet O'Conor , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: La Trobe Library Journal , Spring no. 60 1997; (p. 122-133)
'Children's literature has been promoted through various services based at the State Library of Victoria since 1966. This article explores the history of the children's literature collections at the State Library of Victoria through the oral histories [recorded during 1997] of the people responsible for providing those services. A chronology of the collections, individuals and services is appended to this paper' (122).