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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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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 - 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’.

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 - 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 - 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".

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 - 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

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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 - 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."

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 - 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."

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."

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.

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.

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.

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."

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne