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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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".

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 - 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."

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.

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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.

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.

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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."

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."

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.

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 - 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

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"

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 - '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.