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Secret Histories of Queer Melbourne

A$40 (A$35 to AQuA members)

Edited by Graham Willett, Wayne Murdoch and Daniel Marshall

Secret Histories of Queer Melbourne has been reprinted for our 40th Anniversary.

Beyond the proud civic architecture, the boulevards, the parks and gardens, there is another Melbourne, less visible, less celebrated but no less marvellous. From the earliest days, men who loved men, and women who loved women – sodomites and spinsters, camps and gays and lesbians, queers of all kinds – have made the city their own, giving it a vibrant history. Secret Histories of Queer Melbourne reveals and celebrates some of their stories.

Contents

  1. Bushrangers Old Melbourne Gaol, opposite the corner of Russell and Mackenzie Streets
  2. The Flogging of John Morrison Old Melbourne Gaol, opposite the corner of Russell and Mackenzie Streets
  3. Anne Drysdale & Caroline Newcomb The State Library of Victoria, corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets
  4. A Strange Case of Personation Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson Street, Carlton
  5. Harriet Elphinstone Dick & the “New Women” City Square, corner of Swanston and Collins Streets (formerly the site of the Victoria Building)
  6. Cafés Manchester Unity Building, corner of Swanston and Collins Streets (formerly the site of Tate’s)
  7. Boarding Houses 39 Robe Street, St Kilda
  8. Beats Corner of Swanston and Londsale Streets
  9. South of the River Princes Bridge, Swanston Street/St Kilda Road
  10. Alexandra Gardens Alexandra Gardens, banks of the Yarra River
  11. City Baths City Baths, corner of Swanston and Victoria Streets
  12. Dr Storer Alcaston House, corner of Spring and Collins Streets
  13. Theatreland Exhibition Street Theatres, between Lonsdale and Little Bourke Streets
  14. Gladys Moncrieff, Elsie Wilson and the Gallery Girls 249 Bourke Street, (formerly the site of the Tivoli Theatre)
  15. Flappers, Faculty and Fast Ladies 88 Cotham Road, Kew (formerly the site of Alice Anderson’s Garage)
  16. Mary Fullerton and Mabel Singleton Bank Place
  17. D. J. Ross Melbourne Girls Grammar, 86 Anderson Street, South Yarra
  18. And Then There Was Bernard Corner of Little Collins & Spring Streets
  19. World War Two The Shrine, St Kilda Road
  20. Zasu Pitts Queen’s Bridge
  21. Val Eastwood 123 Swanston Street
  22. Freddie Asmussen Myer’s Department Store, Bourke Street Mall
  23. Boilers 301-307 Little Collins Street (formerly the site of Royal Arcade Hotel)
  24. ASIO 15 Wellington Street, St Kilda (formerly the site of El Sombrero Coffee Lounge)
  25. A Melbourne Homosexual 469 St Kilda Road (formerly the site of ASIO Headquarters)
  26. A Homosexual Lexicon
  27. Max du Barrie Australia on Collins, Collins Street (formerly the site of Hotel Australia)
  28. The Daughters of Bilitis: ‘In Our Lifetime’ 5/151 Acland Street, St Kilda
  29. Seahorse: A Club for Transgenders 63 Queens Road, Albert Park (formerly the site of the President Motor Inn)
  30. The New Camp Scene of the 1970s Corner of Lygon & Victoria Streets, Carlton (formerly the site of Dover Hotel)
  31. Hotel Australia Australia on Collins, Collins Street (formerly the site of Hotel Australia)
  32. Society Five 21 Queensberry Street, Carlton
  33. A Beginner’s Guide to Melbourne
  34. Police Go Gay Corner of La Trobe & Russell Streets (formerly the site of Russell Street Police Headquarters)
  35. Into the Streets: Gay Lib in Melbourne City Square, corner of Swanston and Collins Streets
  36. Our Gay Demo City Square, corner of Swanston and Collins Streets
  37. A Herstory of Radicalesbians 23 Davis Street, Carlton North
  38. The Radicalesbian Manifesto 23 Davis Street, Carlton North
  39. Night Flowers: From Censorship to Protest La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday Street, Carlton
  40. Australian Union of Students 95-97 Drummond Street, Carlton
  41. Melbourne University: From Gay Soc to Queer The Buffet Hall, Union House, University of Melbourne, Parkville
  42. Young, Gay and Proud Elizabeth St, between Flinders Street & Flinders Lane (formerly the site of the International Bookshop)
  43. From Homosexuals at Work to Union Pride Trades Hall, corner of Victoria and Lygon Streets, Carlton
  44. The Peak Union Groups Trades Hall, corner of Victoria and Lygon Streets, Carlton
  45. When We Were Very Young: The Early Years of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Victoria Corner of Royal Parade & Grattan Street, Parkville (formerly the site of the Royal Dental Hospital)
  46. Taking Action on D-Day: Drugs, Delays, Deaths The Floral Clock, St Kilda Road (opposite the National Gallery of Victoria)
  47. Tasty 331 Flinders Lane (formerly the site of Tasty nightclub)
  48. Out on the Outer Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  49. Inside the Boundary Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  50. King Victoria: Melbourne’s Drag King Scene Corner of Hoddle & Yarra Streets, Abbotsford (formerly the site of Star Hotel)
  51. Monte Punshon Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson Street, Carlton


Publication of Secret Histories of Queer Melbourne was supported by the City of Melbourne.

You can purchase Secret Histories of Queer Melbourne at Hares & Hyenas Bookshop or order online.

Published by the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, First published 2011 / Reprinted 2017. 172 pages.

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