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Jan Hillier: digitised scrapbooks

The Archives holds a small group of archival material relating to significant Melbourne entrepreneur Jan Hillier, who was recently featured in Rafaella McDonald’s Prahran Mural.

Fourth Year Thesis Prize 2015

Prize of $250 cash and one year membership of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives The 2015 ALGA thesis prize was awarded to Michael McDermott, for his Screen and Cultural Studies thesis, University of Melbourne: ‘Queerbaiting: Narrative, Fandom and Contests over the meaning of Supernatural’. McDermott’s thesis provides a sophisticated and insightful analysis of the […]

Australia’s Homosexual Histories Conference, Adelaide, November 2015

In 2015, South Australia celebrates the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexual acts. 2015 is also the United Nations’ Year of Evaluation. In this context, the 2015 Australia’s Homosexual Histories Conference aims to shed light on queer histories in order to inform future queer directions. Have LGBTI Australians changed from outlaws to in-laws, or do the two now exist side by side?

From our collection: Mardi Gras 1978 scrapbook

This scrapbook was compiled by photographer and filmmaker Digby Duncan. It documents the first Mardi Gras, a street festival turned riot, held on the evening of 24 June 1978 as part of the Day of International Gay Solidarity, organised by the Gay Solidarity Group. Also documented are the subsequent protests and arrests, and the eventual […]

Exhibition: Out of the closets, into the streets

Out of the closets, into the streets: histories of Melbourne gay liberation pictures the very beginning of the gay liberation movement in Melbourne, through photographs, archival material, film footage, objects and personal mementos. As gay people found their voice in the early 1970s, artists, often at the very beginning of their careers, were there to […]

Exhibition: Bohemian Melbourne

Bohemian Melbourne reveals Melbourne’s enduring counter-cultures (and features material from our collections). At the State Library of Victoria, 12 December 2014 – 22 February 2015.