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Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives Melbourne, 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 (map)

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By appointment

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None

Location

Level 5 / 615 St Kilda Rd Melbourne Victoria

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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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Photograph - Drag queen Miss Candee (Ron Walker) at Xchange

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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.

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Inscriptions & Markings

Trojan Classics (TC 256)

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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."

Zine - Ashtrain hishtry thru plticl crtoons

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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."

Poster - 10 : Melbourne Queer Film & Video Festival, 22 March-7 April 2000

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Colour photographic image of a doll's face in partial profile; strips of yellow, orange and green across bottom; text in yellow.

Inscriptions & Markings

"10th Melbourne Queer Film & Video festival 2000. Citymedia @ Treasury Theatre, 1 Macarthur Place, East Melbourne. Opening Night Gala: Astor Theatre, Cnr Chapel St & Dandenond Rd, St Kilda."

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Periodicals - Bifocal

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Historical information

BAM (Bisexual Awareness in Melbourne) was a group of bisexual individuals and allies that provided information and support for bisexuals, their partners, and friends. BAM provided newsletters, and ran social, discussion, and political groups.

Periodicals - National Biways

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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.

Audio - 2SER 107.3 FM (Radio Station : Sydney, NSW) : Gaywaves : 4/8/1983 : Enola Gay special on disarmament

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Maxwell UD XL I - C90 cassette tape

Historical information

Produced for Enola Gay's participation in Hiroshima Day, Sat 6 August 1983, assembling at Belmore Park at 10 am under the Enola Gay banners. 0:00: Introduction and song; 3:50: Japanese instrumental music; 9:08: Commentary resumes - history of the bombing of Hiroshima, 6 Aug 1945, and Nagasaki 3 days later; 15:30: Music Tomorrow never comes until it's too late; 19:45: Commentary including accounts from survivors; 26:58: Music, Take the toys from the boys; 29:25: Commentary regarding arms race, including voice of Fabian LoSchiavo regarding dissident religious views in the USA; 33:05: Music, California dreaming; 36:10: Commentary re the practicalities of bomb shelters; 38:00: Music, Cancer, cancer; 41:40: Commentary re peace marches in Europe, health effects of radiation, civil defense in nuclear war, music; 47:35: Music, Universal soldier (cut off towards end), anti-war parody of Yankee Doodle Uncle Sam with Australian refs (Omega, Pine Gap etc); 59:10: Commentary regarding nuclear bomb testing at Marilinga (SA) and Monte Bello islands; 1:01:15: Music, 'But I aint a marchin' any more'; 1:04:05: Commentary re costs of arms race - refs to gay and feminist anti-war groups overseas; 1:05:58: Music, Down by the riverside/Aint gonna study war no more, promo for Enola Gay and prep for Hiroshima Day, instrumental music, music US forces (Midnight Oil), Soft touch (Poison Girls); 1:26:56: Music, Thank Christ for the bomb, eerie instrumental music, Maralinga (Midnight Oil), Not another bomb song, ending at 1:39:00.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed in biro on label: "ENOLA GAY Disarmament Special - Gaywaves 2SER 4/8/83."

Placard - 'When I grow up I want to marry whom ever I love'

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Finger painted rainbow on white card, with text inscribed in black marker.

Historical information

Acquired at an Equal Love (Melbourne) rally in 2015.

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso: "painted by Will (age 3)", signed with an "X"

Ephemera - Bisexuality [Conference Paper], Radicalesbian Conference, Sorrento, Victoria, 6-8 July 1973

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Historical information

The attached paper was presented to the Radicalesbian Conference held in Sorrento over the weekend of 6-8 July 1973. Barb Creed presented this paper written by Barb, June, and Jenny. As Chris Sitka notes in her history of the Radicalesbians, the paper was easily the most controversial of the Conference, generating a significant amount of hostility. The implication that many drew from the paper was that 'bisexuality was the really non-sexist form of relating because only bisexuality was breaking down gender divisions.' Participants subsequently highlighted their resentment towards the paper as stemming from the 'fact that we were reclaiming our lesbianism... Meanwhile bisexuals were only trying to reap the privileges of heterosexuality while enjoying benefits of lesbianism.'

Photograph - [Leatherman on a motorbike]

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Article - Barry Lowe, Lowe-life, in The Sydney Star, v.3, n.13, 29 January 1982, p.7.

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Printed text on newsprint.

Inscriptions & Markings

Chevron Hotel (Sydney); First sexual experience; Indigenous Australians – Discrimination; Australia Day.

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Article - 'Marriage' not valid, The Age, 19 December 1979

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Printed text on newsprint.

Photograph - Roberta Perkins speaking at the Australian Transsexual Association (ATA) and Gay Solidarity protest, Manly, Sydney, October 1982

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Historical information

In October 1982 the Australian Transsexual Association (ATA), supported by the Gay Solidarity Group (GSG), staged the first transgender protest in Australia. The protest was held to challenge a recent judgement against two transgender women, who a Magistrate ruled were men. In response NSW Attorney-General said that ‘Attorneys-General of the six states had committed to new legislation to recognise the validity of sex changes’.

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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."

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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, Melbourne

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.

Ephemera - The Transsexual and society : Where are we at in 1981? : a seminar

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Inscriptions & Markings

Additional text: "The participants: 1. Professor Ian Webster is Professor of Community Medicine at the University of NSW; 2. Dr Bob Webb is former Director of Health Education with the NSW Health Commission; 3. Roberta Perkins is a Sociologist majoring in transsexuality; 4. Bill Crews is Director of the Crisis Centre of the Wayside Chapel; 5. Dr. Ron Barr is a Psychiatrist with Prince Henry Hospital; 6. Bruce Miles is a Sydney solicitor who is well known for defending needy people."

Poster - Child custody : the rights of the lesbian mother : public forum : Friday 16th November 1979

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Graphic illustration of two women and two childrenin red against a grey background, printed on white paper.

Inscriptions & Markings

Additional text: "Child custody : the rights of the lesbian mother : a public forum, George Hunt Room, Trades Hall, 4 Goulburn Street, City. Followed by film: In the best interest of the children".

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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].

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Printed text on newsprint.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Historical information

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

Book - Don't leave me this way : art in the age of AIDS (Canberra : National Gallery of Australia, 1994)

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

246 p. : ill. (some col.)

Inscriptions & Markings

Agony down under: Australian artists addressing AIDS /​ Ted Gott Allan from Sadness: a monologue with slides /​ William Yang Art from the Pit: some reflections on monuments, memory and AIDS /​ Simon Watney America: where angels don't fear to tread /​ Thomas Sokolowski The war on culture /​ Carole S. Vance Read my lips /​ Jimmy Somerville For a friend /​ Jimmy Somerville, Richard Coles Self-documentation, self-imaging,: Australian people living with HIV/​AIDS /​ Kathy Triffitt, co-ordinator Aesthetics and loss /​ Edmund White Psycho-cultural responses to AIDS /​ Dennis Altman Faces of AIDS /​ Lynn Sloan Lovers and friends /​ Richard Coles Where the streets have new aims: the poster in the age of AIDS /​ Ted Gott OI: opportunistic identification, open identification in PWA portraiture /​ Jan Zita Grover Don't leave me this way: art in the age of AIDS : catalogue of works.

Textiles - Griffin Motor Club overlay belonging to Roger Mann

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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.

Poster - Wimmins' dance

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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".