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Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives Parkville 3052, Victoria

The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA) is a non-profit organisation committed to the collection and preservation of material reflecting the lives and experiences of Australian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, brotherboy and sistergirl life. Since its establishment in 1978, the collection has grown to over 200,000 items, constituting the largest and most significant collection of material relating to LGBT Australians, and the largest collection of LGBT material in Australia.

All items reproduced online are copyright to the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives and are available for research purposes, they are not to be reproduced without the Archives' permission.

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PO Box 124 Parkville Victoria 3052

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Location

PO Box 124 Parkville 3052 Victoria

Since its establishment the collection has grown to over 200,000 items (600+ shelf metres), covering a broad range of library, archive, museum and gallery material, including personal papers and organisational records, periodicals, books, posters, photographs, audio-visual (betamax, VHS, 8mm film, DVD etc.), sound recordings (oral history, radio programs, conference speeches events etc.), newspaper clippings, theses, articles and pamphlets, ephemera (e.g. flyers, circulars, invitations, cards, calendars etc.), badges, t-shirts, banners, objects, born digital objects etc.

Significance

Since its establishment the Archives has grown to become the largest and most significant collection of material relating to LGBT Australians and the largest collection of LGBT material in Australia, and the most prominent research centre for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans* history in Australia. The subject matter covered in the Archives' collection cover all aspects of LGBT life in Australia.

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Flyer - His own special friend

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Inscriptions & Markings

Associated text: "Cyclone Productions presents : His own special friend : a two man show by Darwin author Dino Hodge, based on the first chapter of his book : Did you meet any malagas? A homosexual history of Australia's tropical capital. 3 nights only Dec 9, 10, 11, Brown's Mart. In conjunction with the show will be an exhibition of Male nudes and Territory landscapes, by Ian Hanse. Exhibition opens 7:30pm. Performance at 8:30pm. Drinks and copies of the book available.

Patch - SIMC [Southern Isles Motor Club], c. early 1990s

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Circular cloth patch featuring a map the shape of Tasmania in green, with text "SIMC" in red, on a blue background.

Inscriptions & Markings

Text: "SIMC" [Southern Isles Motor Club].

Poster - This small business is big enough to support marriage equality : Make marriage equality happen : www.equallove.info

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

White text on a rainbow flag background.

Inscriptions & Markings

Additional text: "Authorised by Luke Halikari, Secretary Victorian Trades Hall Council, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South, 3053. Printed by Kosdown Printing, 10 Rocklea Dr, Port Melbourne, 3207."

Photograph - NSW Council of Gay Groups and Gay Counselling Service floats, Festival of Sydney, 1981

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Poster - Condoman says : 'Don't Be Shame … Be Game'. Use Condoms, 1988

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Book - Bike boy (North Hollywood, CA : American Art Enterprises, 1988.)

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Banner - Gay Solidarity Group : International Gay Solidarity, c.1978

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

White text on green canvas backing, ends folded and stitched with red cotton, reinforced by black tape.

Historical information

This banner was produced by the Gay Solidarity Group (GSG) for use in the first Mardi Gras, one of the events held as part of the Day of International Gay Solidarity, held on 24 June 1978. The banner was displayed on the side of the truck that was used in the Mardi Gras. It was subsequently used in numerous protests and demonstrations by GSG into the late 1980s.

Photograph - Lesbians and Gays for Reconciliation, Queers stick with Wik, Pride March, Melbourne, 1998 (5)

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Poster - Queer federations : Australia's Homosexual Histories Conference 4, Adelaide University, 19-20 October 2001

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Black and white reproductions of vintage photographs on purple paper, text in black.

Inscriptions & Markings

Additional text: "Presented by the Sexuality Department of the Students' Association of the University of Adelaide and Adelaide University in association with the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives and Feast 2001 - Adelaide's Lesbian and Gay Cultural Festival."

Periodicals - National Biways

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover title. Subtitle: National newsletter of the Bisexual Movement in Australia. Produced by the Australian Bisexual Network, incorporating Biways newsletter form Western Australian Bisexual Network.

Zine - Ashtrain hishtry thru plticl crtoons

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

A3 black and white photocopied zine, bound with fluroescent orange gaffa tape.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: "Printed 2015 for the Sticky Zine Fair" "Drawn & printed on Wurundjeri, Taungurong, Boonerwrung and Djajaeurrung country" Originally published in the Lifted brow."

Badge - How dare you presume I'm heterosexual, c1972

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Circular enamel on metal badge; text in black and red on white background.

Inscriptions & Markings

"How dare you presume I'm heterosexual".

Ephemera - Strategy Against Right-Wing Attacks (S.A.R.A) [kit]

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Historical information

The Strategy Against Right-Wing Attacks (S.A.R.A) kit was produced by wimmin from around Australia following the 1980 National Wimmin's Conference, Darwin, NT. It includes a fantastic set of papers from a forum on the state of feminism in Australia discussing right-wing attacks on women's organisations, and highlights success stories for attacking back. The kit was meant to be added to through a national network of SARA contacts in each state.

Poster - Lesbian and Gay Pride WA Inc presents Xessorise, Embassy Ballroom, Perth, Saturday 7 June 1997

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Inscriptions & Markings

Additional text: "DJs Milly, Scott, Dirty Den, Curlee."

Book - Private practice (Chatsworth, Calif. : GX ; San Diego : Distributed by Zorro Dist. Co., ©1973.)

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Inscriptions & Markings

Trojan Classics (TC 256)

Zine - #EnbyLife : Stories, poetry & art by non-binary people

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Article - Letters to the editor : Charges against marchers, Sydney Morning Herald, 24, January 1979, p.6.

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Printed text on newsprint.

Inscriptions & Markings

4th National Homosexual Conference, Sydney, 1978; Council of Civil Liberties; NSW Police;

Poster - Wimmins' dance

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Inscriptions & Markings

Additional text: "Disco [Women's] Warehouse, Bay 9, No 9 Ultimo Road, Haymarket. Benefit for 'Girls Own'; the new Sydney feminist Newspaper. Dress Disco. Friday Feb 13th. $3/$2 kids free".

Catalogue - Leather World at The Beat

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Cartoon - Wicked Women : There's no stopping us now!

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Pen an ink drawing on laid paper.

Historical information

Wicked Women (1988-1996) was a sex-positive lesbian erotica magazine established, published and edited in Sydney by Francine (Jasper) Laybutt and Lisa Salmon. Later edited by Kimberly O'Sullivan.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed and dated by the artist lower right.

Ephemera - Laurie Lane's Leather World [tag]

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Photograph - 'Bill and Grant rolling into Flo's Palace', Sydney, August 1980

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Black and white photograph.

Historical information

Flo's Palace was located at 97 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney. Owned by Dawn O'Donnell and Roger Claude Tesseydre and managed by Dennis (Flo) Fuller. Notable for its glass disco dance floor, it was also an early venue notable for its east Asian clientele.

Poster - Inter-campus Campaign Against Sexual Violence, Melbourne University, Thursday 12th Sept [1991]

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Offset lithographic print. Poster is annotated version of campaign poster for the 'Inter-Campus Campaign Against Violence'.

Inscriptions & Markings

Event annotations at the base of the poster read: "Thursday 12th Sept / Melbourne University / Concrete Lawns (in front of Union Building) / Speakers - 12.30pm." Back of poster includes a letter from to Cheryl [Berkovitch] compere on 3CR Radio's Gay and Lesbian Program, regarding speakers for the day coming from Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA), Men Against Sexual Assault (MASA) and Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination (GLAD), and asking for promotion of the event. The letter is signed Melbourne University Feminist Collective, Melbourne University Lesbian Collection and Gaysoc.

Ephemera - Queer Television : Programme Guide, 7-9 February 1992

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Computer printed text on paper.

Inscriptions & Markings

The document includes programme listings for Queer Television on UHF31 CAT TV, Feb 7-9 [1992].

Photograph - [Leatherman on a motorbike]

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Greeting card with original photograph on cover featuring a leatherman on a motorbike, with leather chaps, vest, hat and sunglasses.

Textiles - Griffin Motor Club overlay belonging to Roger Mann

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Blue denim overlay (sleeveless jacket), with main back patch for the Griffin Motor Club, Canberra. Additional patches on the back include an Australian flag, and on the front include South Pacific Motor Club (SPMC), SPMC 20th Anniversary, Griffin MC 20th Anniversary, Griffin MC Associate Membership, Jackaroo MC Associate Membership, Southern Cross MC Associate Membership, Jackaroos Tasmania Run 1981, BMW, Australian National University (ANU) and unidentified.

Costume design - Costume design for Karen in The Line-Up, Capriccio's, September 1975

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Historical information

The Line Up was produced by David Mitchell and David Penfold.

Article - Transvestites, The Age, 24 February 1979, p.18.

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Printed text on newsprint.

Inscriptions & Markings

Seahorse Club; Transvestites; Transsexuals; Transgender

Photograph - Boo, Brad and a friend at 3Faces, c1992

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Black and white photograph of three young men in a nightclub.

Poster - A conscience vote is not enough! : nothing less than full marriage equality : rally at Labor Party National Conference… 12pm Sat 3 Dec [2011]

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052