Julie O’Connor is a freelance conservator and teacher. She taught with Education Queensland between 1978 and 1981. Since graduating as a conservator, specialising in textiles and paintings, she has worked as an assistant curator and information officer at the Queensland Museum (1995-1997). After developing a test sequence to monitor the condition of  Sydney sandstone buildings in conjunction with UTS and the NSW Department of Public Works Services, (1997-2000) she taught Technology and Applied Studies and Textiles and Design with the NSW Department of Education and Training.  She joined the Australian National Maritime Museum in 2010 where she worked on a textile re-housing project until 2013 and began studies in project management at the University of Sydney Continuing Education Centre.


  • Master of Science – Materials Science, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science – Conservation of Cultural Materials, University of Canberra (UC)
  • Diploma of Teaching – Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education (QUT)
  • Facilitating Workplace Training Certificate, Workers Educational Association (WEA Sydney)
  • Visual Merchandising Certificate, the Fashion Institute of Canada

Professional Affiliations

  • Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM)
  • Technology Educators Association (TEA NSW)
  • Queensland College of Teachers


  • Australian Post Graduate Award for Research (1997-1999)
  • Queensland Museum Association Certificate of Merit Award to foundation members for outstanding contribution to the museum’s program