Queen City of the South: Gay and Lesbian Melbourne

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Edited by Graham Willett and John Arnold

The articles in this special issue of the La Trobe Journal cover both historical and contemporary subjects, ranging from the relationship between the two female pastoralists, Anne Drysdale and Caroline Newcomb, to an account of how museums and libraries are now dealing with LGBT related material.

There is also a strong focus on the 1970s, the decade of Gay Liberation, including memoirs and a portfolio of photographs taken by Rennie Ellis during Gay Pride Week in 1973. There are also reflections on what is GLQ history and how is this new and emerging history practised.


  • Making an exhibition of ourselves: GLQ history as public history Graham Willett
  • ‘Phone me up sometime’: Melbourne’s homosexual subcultures in the interwar years Wayne Murdoch
  • The Australia, the Woolshed, and sexual gaze Richard Peterson
  • Aspects of gay and lesbian life in seventies Melbourne Michael Hurley
  • Young gays: towards a history of youth, queer sexualities and education in Australia Daniel Marshall
  • Miss Newcomb’s teapot Bev Roberts
  • Rennie Ellis at Gay Pride Week, September 1973 Graham Willett and Jo Ritale
  • Questions arise: homosexual eroticism in a nineteenth-century family photographic album Susan Long
  • Love’s coming of age: Australian socialist and communist parties and sexuality Liz Ross
  • The naked saint: Sir J. Edgar Boehm’s St George and the Dragon Shane Carmody
  • Barrett Reid: a charismatic chameleon Phyllis Papps
  • Agents of social change? LGBT voices in Australian museums Kate Davison
  • Towards homosexual equality in Victoria Graham Carbery
  • Interview with Haddon Storey Graham Carbery
  • Melbourne’s queer history: a bibliography Graham Willett and Gary Jaynes

Published by the State Library of Victoria Foundation, 2011. Paperback, 199 pages.

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