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

Key words

aboriginal and torres strait islander

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Ephemera - Strategy Against Right-Wing Attacks (S.A.R.A) [kit]

Key words

women's liberation movement
lesbian feminism
darwin

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.

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

Key words

transsexual
transgender

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’.

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

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

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

Periodicals - Bifocal

Key words

bisexuality
bisexuals

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.

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Poster - Child custody : the rights of the lesbian mother : public forum : Friday 16th November 1979

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".

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Cartoon - Wicked Women : There's no stopping us now!

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.

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

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 - 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

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

Key words

drag queen

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Ephemera - Victorian Transexual Association [brochure]

Key words

transsexual
transgender

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Ephemera - Queer Television : Programme Guide, 7-9 February 1992

Computer printed text on paper.

Inscriptions & Markings

The document includes programme listings for Queer Television on UHF31 CAT TV, Feb 7-9 [1992].

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

Ephemera - Bisexuality [Conference Paper], Radicalesbian Conference, Sorrento, Victoria, 6-8 July 1973

Key words

radicalesbians
bisexuality

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.'

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

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

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

Key words

anti-nuclear activism
gay and lesbian activism
hiroshima day

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."

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Poster - Wimmins' dance

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".

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

Photograph - [Leatherman on a motorbike]

Greeting card with original photograph on cover featuring a leatherman on a motorbike, with leather chaps, vest, hat and sunglasses.

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

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

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

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

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."

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

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 - 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

Photograph - 'Marriage equality BollArt', Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, 21 August 2017 (1)

Digital file; JPEG; 4.00 MB

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne