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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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Opening Hours

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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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."

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".

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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.

Poster - Rally for marriage equality, Sat 24 November, State Library

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Image of a megaphone and two placards reading 'Equal love' and 'Love knows no gender'.

Inscriptions & Markings

Additional text: "1 pm Sat 24 November State Library cnr Latrobe & Swanston. Endorsed by Victorian Trades Hall Council, National Union of Students."

Ephemera - Victorian Transexual Association [brochure]

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Photograph - 'Marriage equality BollArt', Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, 21 August 2017 (1)

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Digital file; JPEG; 4.00 MB

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."

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"

Poster - National Day of Action Keep the pressure on until we win Full Marriage Equality Rally @ Queens Park Saturday 12 May @1pm

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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].

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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".

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.'

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."

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.

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.

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’.

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.

T-shirt - Real : Visible : Here : Bisexual+ Community Perth

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

White short-sleeved t-shirt.

Historical information

This t-shirt was produced for Bisexual Visibility Day 2017, also known as Celebrate Bisexuality Day, which is celebrated on the 23 September.

Inscriptions & Markings

A rectangle on the chest with a vertical bisexual pride flag is overlaid with text in white.

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Printed text on newsprint.

Poster - Right to march dance : Balmain Town Hall, Fri, Dec. 1st 1978

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Graphic illustration of group of protest marchers holding banners against a background of the Aboriginal flag; text in black.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Right to march dance : Balmain Town Hall : [featuring] Kamakazi Kidz - Mental as Anything. Defend the right to organise. Smash Bjelke's ban. Proceeds to Qld Bail Fund."

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."

Ephemera - Laurie Lane's Leather World [tag]

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Catalogue - Leather World at The Beat

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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, Melbourne

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

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.

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Printed text on newsprint.

Inscriptions & Markings

Seahorse Club; Transvestites; Transsexuals; Transgender