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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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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."

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Printed text on newsprint.

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.

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."

Ephemera - Laurie Lane's Leather World [tag]

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

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].

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.

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

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."

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

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].

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.

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."

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 - 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.

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

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Printed text on newsprint.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

Printed text on newsprint.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Catalogue - Leather World at The Beat

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

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"

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

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."

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

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."

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.

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

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’.

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.

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Parkville 3052

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."

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