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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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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.

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.'

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.

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.

Flyer - His own special friend

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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.

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 - 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."

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".

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."

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".

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.

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

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.

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 - 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

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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.

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.

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Ephemera - Laurie Lane's Leather World [tag]

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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.

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."

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 - 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."

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.

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."

Article - Complaints on names rejected, The Age, 15 December 1978, p.14.

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Printed text on newsprint.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Press Council; Melbourne Gay Liberation; Sydney Morning Herald; Sydney Sun; New South Wales Police; Mardi Gras

Ephemera - Victorian Transexual Association [brochure]

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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."

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 - No charge, The Age, 13 February 1979.

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Printed text on newsprint.

Inscriptions & Markings

New South Wales Police; 4th National Homosexual Conference, Sydney; Gay liberation