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"QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH"
Melbourne Queer History Radio Series

 
This webpage brings you a series of recordings, broadcast on radio in Australia, taking you on a historical tour of gay & lesbian Melbourne. The tour is led by the Australian Lesbian & Gay Archives, who weave their way through the streets of Melbourne, recounting tales of our gay and lesbian forebears. The series, produced by Barry McKay, was first broadcast on JOY FM, Melbourne. The series was put together with information from the Australian Lesbian & Gay Archives, Melbourne.

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR PROGRAMME CONTENTS AND TO LISTEN TO THE SERIES


THE EPISODES

All audio files are in Real Audio format. To download Real Player click here

 

EDWARD De LACY EVANS a 19th century female to male cross dresser

DJ ROSS & HARRIET ELPHINSTONE DICK "two invisible lesbians", 19th century

GORDON LAWRENCE & JOHN WILSON 19th century Melbourne transvestites

LETTER TO POLICE 1901 regarding various beats in the Melbourne city area

MARION BILL EDWARDS female to male cross dresser, early 20th century

FROM SIN TO SICKNESS the medicalisation of homosexuality

COFFEE SHOPS IN THE 1930s haunts for gays & lesbians

NAMES FOR MELBOURNE BEATS a short history

Dr ROBERT VIVIAN STORER a little known 1930s Australian sexologist

PERCY HAYNES a 1930s cross dresser

WORLD WAR TWO life for gay men during the war

ASIO IN THE 1950s and some file notes on homosexuals

VAL's COFFEE SHOP a popular lesbian & gay haunt on the early 1950s

ZASU PITTS the Melbourne drag queen and the body in the Yarra - 1950

PUBLIC PLACES in the 1950s, and police entrapment of homosexuals

THE BOILERS gay social group begun in the 1950s

MYERS and the flamboyant Freddy Asmussen in the 1950s & 60s

MELBOURNE UNI DEBATE on homosexual law reform in 1964

THE SEAHORSE CLUB support group for transgendered, which began in the 1970s

RADICALESBIANS a women's liberation group begun in 1973

BLACKROCK BEACH BEAT police surveillance and the push for homosexual law reform 1977

HOMOSEXUAL LAW REFORM IN VICTORIA achieved in 1980

MONTE PUNSHON the "world's oldest lesbian"

LINKS
 
SYDNEY GAY & LESBIAN HISTORY WALK RADIO SERIES
Sister website to this series


Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Melbourne

Email Barry McKay - the producer of the series




image: Flinders St, Melbourne, about 1920

source: National Australian Archives