1. Book Launch - 'Unnamed Desires'
  2. Gay Sydney
  3. Newtown History Walk
  4. Zoo Walk
  5. Gaywaves
  6. LGBTI Pioneer Names
  7. Queer History in the Pub

Book Launch

Unnamed Desires: A Sydney Lesbian History
Dr Rebecca Jennings

Benledi House,
186 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. 

Thursday 25th February -- 7pm

Dr Rebecca Jennings’ new book, Unnamed Desires: A Sydney Lesbian History (Monash University Publishing).

Sydney’s Pride History Group is pleased to present the launch of Dr Rebecca Jennings’ new book, Unnamed Desires: A Sydney Lesbian History (Monash University Publishing).

This book is the first in-depth study of female same-sex desire in twentieth century Australia, exploring the compelling stories of ordinary women who struggled to build lives and express their love for other women in a hostile society.

Meet the author and hear more about this wonderful and important book that recovers the lives of lesbian women from Australia’s past.

This is a free event. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, visit Facebook Event

Gay Sydney: A History

Garry Wotherspoon

Garry Wotherspoon’s Gay Sydney: A history is an updated version of his 1991 classic, City of the Plain: History of a Gay Sub-culture, written in the midst of the AIDS crisis. In this vivid book Wotherspoon traces the shifts that have occurred since then, including majority support for marriage equality and anti-discrimination legislation. He also ponders the parallel evaporation of a distinctly gay sensibility and the disappearance of once-packed gay bars that have now become cafes and gyms.

This book also tells the story of gay Sydney across a century, looking at secret, underground gay life, the never-ending debates about sex in society and the role of social movements in the ’60 and ’70s in effecting social change.  

‘The original and the best.’ DAVID MARR

To Pre-Order, visit: https://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/books/gay-sydney/ 



Hosted by Sisters of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence

Sunday, 21 February 2016
at 10am


Join the Sisters with the renowned historian Robert French and make a perambulation of the area.

Delve into the history of the Inner West focusing on the Newtown area of Sydney's gay and lesbian community with expert commentary - as well as personal reminiscences - by the Sisters and members of the gathered faithful.

Come and join in the fun!

Our perambulation this year will conclude at Victoria Park, Camperdown where you will be able to enjoy all the fun of the fair, Fair Day that is!


Wear sensible shoes and a hat and of course be prepared for the weather.

The walk should take approximately two hours

Meeting Point: The Small Park on the corner of Alice & King Streets, South, Newtown.

Assembly Time: 10:00 am for a 10:15 am start

Further event detailshttps://www.facebook.com/events/1001965823198080/




Sydney's Taronga Zoo

Hosted by Sisters of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence

Thursday, 3 March 2016
at 9am


Come and Join the Sisters as they host their annual Zoo Walk at Sydney's Taronga Zoo.

Tell all your friends, family & vistors from home and abroad!

Start the day with a relaxing ferry ride on beautiful Sydney Harbour and then spend the day exploring the delights of our native flora and fauna, especially our keepers, as the Sisters of the Sydney House of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence take you on an informative and sometimes slightly twisted wander through the beautiful grounds of Taronga Zoo.

This is a fully-escorted tour, including a meet and greet with some of our local denizens. At midday you'll experience the amazing Free-flight Bird Show.

At the conclusion of this show the sisters thank the volunteers and collect donations for the zoo. At this point there can be an opportunity to explore a vocation with the Sisters at lunch!

It is always recommended by the Sisters that you continue your own perambulation of the zoo as there is so much to explore.

Wear sensible shoes, bring water, sunscreen and of course a sense of humour!


When: Thursday 3rd March 2016

Meeting Point: Circular Quay Warf 2 by 09:00 a.m. to catch
the 09:20 a.m. ferry to Taronga Zoo.


Meet inside the top (Main) entrance at the Zoo a bit before 10:00 a.m.

Cost: Ferry fare, Zoo entrance, and food
(About $60-$70 all up).

A combined ferry/zoo pass is the way to go -- $52.00 / $34.50 concession.
Purchase these on the day, at the Ferry Terminal.

The Zoo Walk will go ahead rain hail or shine.
More Information: http://taronga.org.au/taronga-zoo/visitor-information/hours-and-rates

Further event details


Gaywaves: classic LGBTI radio lives on
at National Film & Sound Archive

Did you know that Gaywaves, Sydney’s first gay and lesbian radio program, went to air in a time when homosexuality was still illegal in New South Wales?

Gaywaves Logo

The program illustrated various aspects of the gay liberation movement in the Australian context through interviews with community representatives, coverage of events such as HIV/AIDS rallies and Mardi Gras festivals, music, talkback, news, current affairs reports and even two radio dramas. Gaywaves also played a global role by sharing stories and content with the internationally distributed US radio program This Way Out.

The NFSA has developed a project to ensure the preservation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) radio in the national collection thanks to a bequest from the estate of Dietmar Hollman, a former presenter and producer of Gaywaves and gay rights activist.

Dietmar Hollman at the 2SER panel, circa 1987-1989 Published courtesy of 2SER 107.3   NFSA title: 1002527
Dietmar Hollman at the 2SER panel, circa 1987-1989

For more information, visit National Film & Sound Archive


It is now 45 years since the formation of the first openly gay and lesbian groups in Australia.

It took a lot of courage for those first men and women to stand up and not only publically self identify as homosexual but to then declare that they were neither sick nor sinful and to demand that gay male sexual behavior no longer be regarded as criminal.

But, who were they?

Today, two generations on, many of those brave men and women are all but forgotten.

Sydney’s Pride History Group has created this List of Pioneer Names in order to maintain memory of them.

For the most part, the list is based on published sources such journals like CAMP Ink and the Sydney Star as well as the minutes of organisations like CAMP NSW, and on the memories of those who were involved.

Some names have been withheld because we believe membership of their organisations remains sensitive but throughout this List we invite members who may wish to have their names included to contact us.

Conversely, if you wish to have your name removed contact us and we will do so.

This is not a definitive list but the beginning of an on-going project for the Group.


the Hon. Clover Moore launches the Pioneer Names Project 20 June 2015. Image: Scott McKinnon.

The Pride History Group wishes to thank the Hon. Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney for launching the Sydney LGBTI Pioneer Names Project on Saturday 20 June 2015 at the Stonewall Hotel in Darlinghurst.

We greatly appreciate the continued support of Clover Moore and the City of Sydney Council.


Queer History in the Pub, 13 Oct 2015

Sydney's Pride History Group is pleased to launch our new series of "Queer History in the Pub" evenings with a sports-themed panel.

Come along upstairs at the AB Hotel, 225 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe on Tuesday 13 October from 7pm for a relaxed and fun evening as our panel of great representatives from a range of Sydney sports (soon to be announced) will talk about the role sport has played historically and continues to play in Sydney's LGBTIQ community.

All welcome!

For more information and RSVP, visit Facebook Event

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MG FAIR DAY - 21 February

Keep a lookout for the Pride History Group stall as you enjoy this much loved community event held in the beautiful Victoria Park, Camperdown.

2016 General Meetings - 15 February, 21 March, 18 April, 16 May, 20 June

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Members and visitors are invited to our meetings at St Helens Community Centre, 184 Glebe Point Road, Glebe (yellow meeting rooms next to Benledi)

Welcome to the Pride History Group

We are a community history group which collects information about Sydney's LGBTIQ past.

Although members of the GLBTIQ community have made rich contributions to Sydney life, many of these contributions have been forgotten or erased from the broader historical record. We aim to correct these omissions by unearthing, recording and preserving material that relates to LGBTIQ people in Sydney's past. 

We also like to engage the broader community with the material we collect. Some of the ways we have done this include books and community talks.

We are a voluntary organisation with members who meet monthly (become a Member), and we are always keen to hear from people who would like to be involved and help us to record and preserve Sydney's LGBTIQ histories, please contact us.

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