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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

Entry Fee

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

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.

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Article - No charge, The Age, 13 February 1979.

Printed text on newsprint.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Key words

drag queen

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Key words

queer

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."

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

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

Inscriptions & Markings

"How dare you presume I'm heterosexual".

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

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].

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

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."

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Printed text on newsprint.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Textiles - Griffin Motor Club overlay belonging to Roger Mann

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.

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Printed text on newsprint.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Key words

marriage equality

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"

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Zine - Ashtrain hishtry thru plticl crtoons

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."

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Printed text on newsprint.

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Key words

non-binary

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

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."

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

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."

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

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.

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Key words

drag

Historical information

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Printed text on newsprint.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Periodicals - National Biways

Key words

bisexuality
bisexuals

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.

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Key words

transexual
transgender

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."

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Ephemera - Victorian Transexual Association [brochure]

Key words

transsexual
transgender

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

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

Printed text on newsprint.

Inscriptions & Markings

Seahorse Club; Transvestites; Transsexuals; Transgender

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

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.

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne