Before Mardi Gras: Gay+ in the 1970s – The 2019 ALGA History Conference – Friday 15th November

9.00‑9.30 Welcomes and admin
9.30-10.30 Panel Discussion: The Homosexual Law Reform Society of the ACT (James Grieve, Thomas Mautner, Elizabeth Reid, Graham Willett)
10.30-11.00 Morning Tea
11.00-12.30 Session 1A  [Chair Scott McKinnon]


  • Catherine Freyne: Bergman, Bechdel, Brownstein and Me: Daughters write gay dads
  • Will Sergeant: Rainbow Oral Histories: the 40th anniversary of John Lee’s oral histories of older Adelaide camp men
  • Yorick Smaal: Remembering Sex: Life histories, young males and queer identities
Session 1B


  • Chris Wallace: ‘Dear Maie… Love Patrick’: The Maie Casey, Patrick White correspondence 1966-1978
  • Cameron Colwell: ‘Beneath the House, Under the Station, and in Plain Sight: The Obscurity of Queer Sydney in Sumner Locke Elliott’s Fairyland
12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-3.00 Session 2A


  • Leigh Boucher and Sophie Robinson: Men’s Sheds and the History of (Hetero)sexuality in Australia
  • Daniel Rogers: ‘Rubbers are Bringing Men Together Again’: Condom packaging during the AIDS Crisis
  • Sharon Lobo: Melbourne’s (In)conveniences: Homophobia and the Dequeering of Queer Spaces in Melbourne
Session 2B


  • Richard Turner: “What is this Gay Community Shit?”
  • Robert French: “You Won’t Feel So Gay Behind Bars”: The Beginnings of Homosexual Law Reform in NSW, 1969 – 1980
  • Bruce Moore: The word Camp in Australian English and in Australian Camp/Gay History
3.00-3.30 Afternoon Tea
3.30-5.00 Session 3A


  • Gary Schliemann: Homosexual Rights and Sexual Freedom:  Living It
  • Karen Donnelly: Move over Priscilla: The Female Impersonators of the AIF
Session 3B


  • Eric Riddler: Kites, Crochet and Camp: Queer art in the Seventies
  • Wayne Murdoch: Sissies at the Movies: The 1930s
  • Scott McKinnon: Adults Only: Film classification and depictions of homosexuality in 1970s Australia