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Desmond O’Connor is Professor of Italian in the Department of Languages, School of Humanities at Flinders. He has published studies on lexicography and on Italian and Italian-Australian poetry, and is widely recognised for his research and publications on the settlement of Italians in South Australia. His most well-known books are No need to be afraid, Italian settlers in South Australia between 1839 and the second world war (Kent Town SA, Wakefield Press, 1996) and A History of Italian and English Bilingual Dictionaries (Florence, Olschki, 1990). He recently edited a volume of essays on South Australia’s Italians entitled Memories and Identities. Proceedings of the Second Conference on the Impact of Italians in South Australia (Adelaide, Australian Humanities Press, 2004).