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No 87 May 2011


Graham Willett and Gary Jaynes
Melbourne's Queer History: a short bibliography

The following listing contains a selection of the publications relating to the gay/lesbian/ queer history of Melbourne. It includes memoirs, scholarly publications, exhibition catalogues and fiction set in or substantially about Melbourne. A longer version is available on the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives website:
Altman, Dennis, Defying Gravity: a political life, St Leonards, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 1997.
Anderson, Roderic, Free Radical: a memoir of a gay political activist, [Caboolture, QLD]: The Author, 2006.
Astbury, Rob, King and I: my life with Graham Kennedy, [Melbourne]: DNA, 2006.
Carbery, Graham, 'Some Melbourne Beats: a "map" of a subculture from the 1930s to the 1950s', in Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon, eds, Gay Perspectives: essays in Australian gay culture, Sydney: Department of Economic History, University of Sydney, 1992.
Carbery, Graham, Towards Homosexual Equality in Australian Criminal Law: a brief history, second edition, Melbourne: Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 2010 [see 'Online resources' on ALGA's website,].
Carr, Adam, 'Policing the "Abominable Crime" in Nineteenth-Century Victoria', in Graham Willett and David Phillips, eds, Australia's Homosexual Histories: Gay and Lesbian Perspectives V, Sydney and Melbourne: Australian Centre for Lesbian and Gay Research and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 2000, pp. 27-40.
Carr, Adam, 'When We Were Very Young: the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Victoria', National AIDS Bulletin, July 1992, p. 17.
[Carr, Adam], 'A Dangerous Decade: ten years of the Victorian AIDS Council, 1983-1993', Melbourne, 1993. [A corrected version of this article is on Adam Carr's website at
Chesser, Lucy, 'Australasian Lesbian Movement, "Claudia's Group" and Lynx: "non-political" lesbian organisation in Melbourne, 1969-1980', Hecate, vol. 22, no. 1, 1996, pp. 69-91.
Chesser, Lucy, Parting With my Sex: cross-dressing, inversion and sexuality in Australian cultural life, Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2008.
Clarke, Jocelyn, 'Life as a Lesbian', in Jan Mercer, ed., The Other Half: women in Australian society, Ringwood, Vic.: Penguin, 1975, pp. 333-346.
Clarsen, Georgine, '"The Woman Who Does": a Melbourne motor garage proprietor', in Laura Doan and Jane Garrity, eds, Sapphic Modernities: sexuality, women and national nulture, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, pp. 55-71.
Conigrave, Timothy, Holding the Man, Ringwood, Vic.: McPhee Gribble, 1995.
Connors, Michael, 'Acting Up: the politics of direct action', in Graham Willett, ed., Thinking Down Under: Australian politics, society and culture in transition, Trier, Germany: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2006.
Edwards, Marion, Life and Adventures of Marion-Bill-Edwards: the most celebrated man-woman of modern times, [Melbourne: s.n., 1907?].
Falk, Barbara, with Cecile Trioli, D.J.: a biography of Dorothy Jean Ross, Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 2000.
Farrelly, Barbara, 'Lest We Forget: the government's secret war on lesbians', Lesbians on the Loose, no. 103, 20 July 1998, p. 20.
Ford, Ruth, 'Speculating on Scrapbooks, Sex and Desire: issues in lesbian history', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 27, no. 106, April 1996, pp.11-26.
Ford, Ruth, '"Filthy, Obscene and Mad": engendering 'homophobia' in Australia, 1940s-1960s', in Shirleene Robinson, ed., Homophobia: an Australian history, Sydney: Federation Press, 2008, pp. 86-112.
Foster, John, Take Me to Paris, Johnny, Port Melbourne, Vic.: Minerva, 1993.
Foster, Roberta, 'The Bois of King Vic', in Yorick Smaal and Graham Willett, eds, Out Here: Gay and Lesbian Perspectives VI, Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2011, pp. 156-167.
Higgs, Kerryn, All That False Instruction, Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1975; amended edition, North Melbourne, Vic.: Spinifex, 2001.
Hodge, Dino, The Fall Upward: spirituality in the lives of lesbian women and gay men, Darwin: Little Gem Publications, 1996. [There are five Melbourne people among those interviewed].
Jones, Philip, Art & Life, Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2004.
Lord, Mary, Hal Porter: man of many parts, Sydney: Random House, 1993.
Martin, Sylvia, Passionate Friends: Mary Fullerton, Mabel Singleton and Miles Franklin, London: Onlywomen Press, 2001.
Melbourne Gay Women's Group, 'The Melbourne Gay Women's Group', in Jan Mercer, ed., The Other Half: women in Australian society, Ringwood, Vic: Penguin, 1975, pp. 441-446.
Menadue, David, 'History of PLWHA Victoria',
Menadue, David, 'Jan Hillier in the Spotlight' (interview), OutRage, no. 7, October 1983, p. 12.
Menadue, David, Positive, St Leonards, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 2003.
Murdoch, Wayne, 'Homosexuality and the Melbourne Truth: an annotated listing, 1913-45', in David Phillips and Graham Willett, eds, Australia's Homosexual Histories: Gay and Lesbian Perspectives V, Sydney and Melbourne: Australian Centre for Lesbian and Gay Research and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 2000, pp. 177-221.
Newman, Sally, 'Body of Evidence: Aileen Palmer's Textual Lives', Hecate, vol. 26, no.1, May 2000, pp. 10-38.
Newman, Sally, 'Silent Witness? Aileen Palmer and the Problem of Evidence in Lesbian History', Women's History Review, vol. 11, no. 3, 2002, pp. 505-530.
Paull, Marion, 'A Letter From Australia', in Joan Nestle, ed., The Persistent Desire: a femme-butch reader, Boston: Alyson, 1992.
Pausacker, Helen, 'A Hundred Years of Male Impersonation', Gay Community News (Melbourne), vol. 2, no. 1, February 1980, pp. 28-29.
Peterson, Richard, 'Prince of Wales Hotel' in A place of sensuous resort: buildings of St Kilda and their people, St Kilda Historical Series Number Six, St Kilda Historical Society, 2005. [Available online at]
PLWHA (Vic.), Legends: Positive & Proud: a Victorian perspective, [Melbourne], 2000.
Pola, Brian, Yarowee: a radical life, Ballarat, Vic.: Garnet Press, 2007.
Punshon, 'Monte', 'In Love with a Memory', in Margaret Bradstock and Louise Wakeling, eds, Words from the Same Heart, Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1987, pp. 17-32.
Reekie, Gail, '"She was a Lovable Man": Marion/Bill Edwards and the feminisation of Australian culture', Journal of Australian Lesbian Feminist Studies, no. 4, 1994, pp. 43-50.
Rickard, John, 'A Big Hand for "The Boys in the Band"', in Mark Baker, ed., History on the Edge: essays in memory of John Foster, 1944-1994, Parkville, Vic.: University of Melbourne History Department, 1997.
Roberts, Bev, ed., Miss D and Miss N: an extraordinary partnership: the diary of Anne Drysdale, Kew, Vic.: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2009.
Ross, Liz, 'Escaping the Well of Loneliness', in Verity Burgmann and Jenny Lee, eds, Staining the Wattle: a people's history of Australia since 1788, Fitzroy, Vic.: McPhee Gribble/Penguin, 1988, pp. 100-108.
Ross, Liz, 'We were Catalysts for Change . . . ', Journal of Lesbian Studies, vol. 13, no. 4, October 2009, pp. 442-460.
Sitka, Chris, A Radicalesbian Herstory,
Sutcliffe, Jayson, Rollaboi: renegade skater, Burleigh, Qld: Zeus, 2004.
Taylor, Jean, Brazen Hussies: a herstory of radical activism in the Women's Liberation Movements in Victoria, 1970-1979, Brunswick East, Vic.: Dyke Books, 2009.
Taylor, Jean, The C Word, North Melbourne, Vic.: Spinifex, 2000.
Tovey, Noel, Little Black Bastard: a story of survival, Sydney: Hodder, 2004.
Tsiolkas, Christos, Loaded, Ringwood, Vic.: Penguin, 1995.
'Val – The Interview', interview by Ruth Ford (9 Feb 1995) in Val Eastwood, The Travelling Mind of Val Eastwood, Parkville, Vic.: Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 2009, pp. 99-139.
Willett, Graham, 'Camp Melbourne', in Tanja Lukins and Seamus O'Hanlon, eds, Go! Melbourne in the Sixties, Melbourne: Melbourne Publishing Group, 2005.
Willett, Graham, 'From Vice to Homosexuality: policing perversion in the 1950s', in Shirleene Robinson, ed., Homophobia: an Australian history, Sydney: Federation Press, 2008.
Willett, Graham, 'Into the Present: Anglicanism and homosexuality in the 1970s', in Colin Holden, ed., People of the past?: the culture of Melbourne Anglicanism and Anglicanism in Melbourne's Culture: papers to mark the 150th anniversary of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne 1847-1997, Parkville, Vic.: Dept. of History, University of Melbourne, 2000. Published online as 'Anglicanism and Homosexuality in the 1970s', at
Willett, Graham, 'Moods of Love and Commitment: Laurence Collinson in Melbourne', La Trobe Journal, no 83, May 2009, pp. 77-90.
Willett, Graham, 'Proud and Employed: the Gay and Lesbian Movement and the Victorian Teachers' Unions in the 1970s', Labour History, no. 76, May 1999, pp. 78-94.
Willett, Graham, From Camp to Gay: the homosexual history of the University of Melbourne, 1960-1976, Working Paper no 6, Parkville, Vic.: The History of the University Unit, University of Melbourne, 2002. Available online at
Willett, Graham, Wayne Murdoch and Daniel Marshall, eds, Secret Histories of Queer Melbourne, Parkville, Vic.: Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 2011.

Invitation for Melbourne Young Gay's function reproduced in Bill Calder's Lavender Youth: a history of Melbourne's Young Gays, Sep 79 – Jan 81, [Melbourne: The Author, 1985].


The Sandhurst Impersonator: Mrs. Edward De Lacey Evans', Illustrated Australian News, 1 October 1879.