Queer Connections: Celebrating LGBTIQA+ History in Port Phillip

Date and venue Event

2 February – 26 April

Carlisle Street Arts Space

Exhibition: Queer Connections: Celebrating LGBTIQA+ History in Port Phillip

The City of Port Phillip, in conjunction with The Australian Queer Archives and Queer-ways, presents an imaginary evening through time across some of its most iconic venues. From a night out at the Palace de Dance of the early 1920s to the Prince of Wales legendary Pokies and Pennies of the 1970s, come and explore the personalities, trailblazers, entertainers, issues, glamour and humour that exemplify the pride of Port Phillip’s LGBTIQA+ community.


Sunday 25 February

St Kilda Queer History Walk

Join Graham Willett, AQuA archivist, to explore iconic St Kilda venues to learn about the trailblazers, entertainers, issues, organisations, glamour and humour that exemplify LGBTIQA+ history in Port Phillip.

Bookings essential

Midsumma x Queer PHOTO

Sunday 17 March

The Substation, Newport

Queer PHOTO Talk: Our History in the West

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a queer person hanging out in Naarm 40 or 50 years ago? Well, now you can find out!

This talk will take you through a photo tour of Melbourne’s west throughout the 70s and 80s.

You will get to see snaps of queer life – from event photography to Gayskate, the iconic queer skating event held in Footscray and Sunshine in the early 1980s.

Bookings essential

Sunday 17 March

The Substation, Newport

Queer PHOTO Workshop: How to Preserve Your Queer History

Do you want to preserve your queer history for years to come? This workshop will teach you how you can archive your queer history!

Throughout this class you will learn:

  • How to archive and preserve your queer history
  • Techniques for archival photo preservation
  • How to catalogue effectively
  • Tips for storing important LGBTQIA+ materials

Bookings essential