A chronology of lesbian and gay communities, movements, and venues in Sydney









1960 - 1966























































Australian society in the late 1960s was hostile to homosexuals or, at least, its institutions were. The Law treated gay men as criminals who could be locked away for 14 years for the “abominable crime of buggery”, and the police were active in trying to prosecute them.

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Coming Out Into a Hostile World

Francesca (Chesca) Curtis's television appearance on The Bailey File, a Melbourne-based current affairs programme on commercial television TV's Channel 9, in May or June 1970, speaking about the aims of the Australian Lesbian Movement was arguably Australia's first "coming out" in the media.

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Australia's First National Coming Out

Homosexual/transgender social groups began forming in the early 1960s in Sydney. They offered membership of a discreet “camp” organisation. Their dances provided the perfect stage for Sydney’s new amateur drag scene to flourish and a place for men and women to meet up and find Miss or Mr Right – at least for the night. In the Leichhardt area, there was no shortage of public halls for these groups.

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Leichhardt/Dykehardt Exhibition

Male homosexual acts are no longer criminal in NSW – the law was amended in 1984, and ‘gay’ men can live quite open lives, with a range of venues where they can socialize in ways similar to their heterosexual counterparts. Also, the two worlds now softly collide, with gays and straights mixing together quite easily in many places in Sydney’s inner suburbs.

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And The Beats Go On...

The following people participated in the first Mardi Gras and/or the related events . While every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, the list could include errors and omissions. Some names are also likely to be the arrestees' aliases.

78ers Honour Roll

1984 community groups




Date listed




AIDS Action Committee

Gay Centre

Ad July 1984;

Acceptance Sydney

51 Holt St, Surry Hills

First listing December 1979

Acceptance Gay Switchboard


Ad February 1984

ALP Gay Group

Gay Centre

Listed July 1984


PO Box 98, Enmore

First mention May 1980

Armidale Gay Society

PO Box 581, Armidale

First listing 11 May 1983


Box 1011, Potts Point

Listing July 1984

Australian Communications

PO Box 222, Haymarket

Listing July 1984

Australian Transsexual Association

Tiresias House, Petersham

Listing July 1984


306 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Listing July 1984




Bobby Goldsmith Foundation


Mention July 1984;

Boomerangs Social Club

Box 94, Broadway

First listing March 1979




Camping Outdoor Group

Easter trip Blue Mts

March 1982


Music room, Union Building, Macquarie uni

Listing July 1984


PO Box 62, Croydon Park

Listing July 1984


Kim and Warren

First listing October 1980. First listing 1983 29 September;

Clover Business Woman’s Club

 “Rozelle Clubrooms”

First listing August 1980

Coastal Connections

PO Box 259, Toukley

Newly formed November 1984

Community Support Network


Formed at meeting June 1984

Compass Club

PO Box 121 Winmalee

Established 1 February 1983



Listing July 1984

Country Network

PO Box 127, Katoomba

First listing October 1980

Cronulla Gay Group

PO Box 195, Cronulla

First listing 1979

Cross Section

Pitt Street Congregational Church

Listed July 1984


Meets at Gay Centre

BBQ listed 25 June 1983




The Dolphin Motor Club

Meet at Beresford Hotel, Wednesdays; from July 15 1983? Meet at Unicorn Hotel

First listing June 1979




Enola Gay

PO Box K485, Haymarket

First mention March 1984




Fitness Exchange

51 Holt St, Surry Hills

New location October 1981

Freelance Bowling League

Rushcutters Bowl

First Listing April 1983

Friends of the ADB

c/- ADB

Listed July 1984





211 1177

Ad May 1984

Gay AA

Meets at Gay Centre

Mention January 84

Gay Al-Anon

Meets at Gay Centre

Mention January 84

Gay Army

Box 368, Bondi Jct

First listing 14 April 1983

Gay Business Association (NSW)

PO Box 41, Paddington

August 1981 Election

Gay Car Club

PO Box 11, Haberfield

Listing July 1984

Gay Care Counselling Service

Wayside Chapel KX

Listed July 1984

Gay City Broadcasters

2RSR FM 88.9

Ad October

Gays Counselling Service

51 Holt Street, Surry Hills

Prior to March 1983

Gay Disabled Club of Australia

Michael Winter 1/165 Booth Street, Annandale

First listing 7 July 1983

Gay Groups of AA

Gay Centre

Listed July 1984

Gay Radio Information News Service

PO Box 380, Broadway

First listing July 1984

Gay Liberation Quire

Box 380, Broadway

First mention 27 June 1981.

Gay Philhellenic Society

51 Holt Street, Surry Hills

First listing April 1981

Gay Railway Workers Group


Mentioned April 1984

Gay Rights Lobby

Box 9, Darlinghurst

Established 16 October 1980

Gay Skate

At Majestic 49 New Canterbury Rd, Petersham


Gay Solidarity Group

Box 380, Broadway. Meets first Thursday each month.

First listing 1979

Gay Teachers and Students Group

Box 3, Kingsgrove

First listing Aug 1980

Gay Union of Tertiary Staff

Government Department, Sydney Uni

Listed July 1984

Gay Waves Collective


First mention March 1980

Gay Women’s Group New England

PO Box 763, Armidale

Listed July 1984

Group 11

PO Box 610; Penrith

First listing May 1981

Groupers Dive Club

Gay Centre

Listing January 1984




Homosexual Law Reform Coalition

Box 415, GPO

First mention March 1981

Hullabaloo Theatre Company


Listed July 1984





51 Holt Street, Surry Hills

First listing 16 May 1983

Inside Out

PO Box 380 Broadway

First listing 13 October 1983




Knights of the Chameleons

Phone number

2nd Debutante Ball notice 24 April 1983; 10th empress 17 September




Lambda Legal Defence Fund


Fund raiser 28 April 1984

Lambda Sundowners

51 Holt St, Surry Hills

15 June first social meeting. Over 40s

Leichhardt Women’s Health

164 Flood Street, Leichhardt

Listed July 1984;

Lesbian Line

323 Darling Street, Balmain

Listing January 1984

Lesbian Teachers

PO Box 2070 North Parramatta

Listed July 1984

Liverpool Lesbian Support Group

273 George Street, Liverpool

Listed July 1984




Macquarie Uni Lesbian and Gay Collective

Box 70, Students Council, Macquarie Uni

Listed July 1984

Mardi Gras Committee 1983 for 1984

51 Holt Street, Surry Hills

Listed 18 July 1983

Metropolitan Community Church

Village Church, Paddington (Sun); Suite 4, 246 William Street, Kings Cross (Wed)

First listing 1979

Metropolitan Community Church, Parramatta


Mention July 1984;

Mountaineers, The

PO Box 205 Springwood

First mention May 1980




Newcastle Gayline

049 546 6894

Listed July 1984

Newcastle Gay Rights Lobby

PO Box 247, Hamilton

Listed July 1984


PO Box 57, Islington

Listed July 1984

New Tradition Dancers

Gay Centre

Listing January 1984

Northern Rivers Gaywaves


Listing July 1984

Northshore Voluntarians

211 1177

Ad May 1984

Northside Alternative

PO Box 75, Dee Why

Listing July 1984




Oxford Social Club

Oxford Hotel

Ad November 1984




Parents and Friends of Gays

119 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills

Listing January 1984

Pelican Club Central Coast

PO Box 2250


The Pink Patrol

PO Box 179, Darlinghurst

Public meeting 4/4/84

Police Gay Liaison Unit


Meeting to discuss set up 14 October 1984

Polynesians Social Club

GPO Box 2935

First listing August 1980




Roo Bike Club, The

Meets Flinders Hotel, Tuesdays. Meets Newtown Hotel from 15 July 1983.

First listing July 1980




Seahorse NSW

Box 280, Smithfield

Listed July 1984

Sexually Outrageous Women

PO Box 236, Strawberry Hill 2012

First mention May 1984

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

41 Wellington Street, Rozelle

First listing August 1982

Socialism, feminism and Gay Liberation Conference Collective


Listing July 1984

South Pacific Motor Club

2 Lilyfield Rd, Rozelle

First listing June 1980

Southern Cross Outdoor Group

PO Box 411 Dee Why

First Listing 14 April 1983

Stonewall Collective

Box K485, Haymarket

First listing December 1980

Sydney Gay Centre

51 Holt Street, Surry Hills

First mention October 1981

Sydney Rams

Leichhardt Olympic Bowl

First mention January 1984

Sydney University Lesbian and Gay Collective


Ad April 1984




Tiara Airlines

Flinders Hotel and the Link

First flight of season 7 August 1982

Town Hall Hotel Social Club

366 Darling Street, Balmain

Listing January 1984


415 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

Forms March 1982





Box 1097, Wollongong

First listing May 1981

University of NSW Lesbians

c/- Union Box67, UNSW

Listing July 1984




Villagers, The

Liverpool Phone number

First listing March 1980




Waratah Deaf Association

PO Box 74, Mt Druitt

Ad September 1984

Westerners, The


Mention July 1983


PO Box 783, Penrith

First meeting 15 July 1984




Young Gays

51 Holt St, Surry Hills

New address October 1981

Updated: 20 March 2016 by John Witte using listings and mentions in various 1984 gay newspapers and magazines. 9pm only January, June and December 1984 were used.


1984 venues


Venue Name






Nightclubs, Bars, Discos







45 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst




January 1984


155 Victoria Street, Potts Point




Ad April 1984

Bull ‘n Bush

113 William Street, Kings Cross




First listing 7 July 1983; Not listed May 1984

Butt’s Bar

45 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

“Run by Geoff and Steve”

“upmarket” “downstairs restaurant”

“general and mixed gay”

First ad 31 March 1983

Don Corleone

Cnr Ward Avenue & Bayswater Road, KX




First ad May 1984

Grosvenor Club (Taxi Club)

40 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst


Licensed bar and bistro


Ad June 1984;


Crown Street, Wollongong




Ad January 1984;

Kicks (Manilla Restaurant)

30 Burton Street, Darlinghurst




Opens 21October 1984


23 Pelican Street, Oxford Square, Darlinghurst




First ad May 1984

Les Girls

2c Roslyn St, Kings Cross

Apsley Investments

Formerly Carousel Cabaret


First listing September 1980; not listed May 1984;

Midnight Shift

85 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

John and Brian, David Ross and Nick Lorschy in 1980

Fire October 1980; Refurbished 30 September 1983;

1981 “now wider clientele”

First listing August 1980

Newtown Businessmens Club

16 Albermarle Street, Newtown


Entertainment in the Playhouse Dining Roo


First ad 13 January 1984;

Old Bank





Whats on April 1984

Other Foote, The

134 Forbes Street, Woolloomooloo

John McDonald, Jenny Heaton

“Another place, another world”


Ad May 1984


33 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Dawn O’Donnell, Roger Claude Teyssedre, Alex and Abe Saffron

“Sydney’s hottest gay disco”..


From 1976

Pete’s Beat

Crown & Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Peter Langford



First listed May1982; opens? 10 June 1982


504 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills



“The stylish alternative for women”

Opens 29 January 1983


51 Goulburn Street, Sydney



“showbusiness nightclub”

Opens 7 June 1984

Ruby Reds

273 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Dawn O’Donnell, Roger Claude Teyssedre, Alex and Abe Saffron

Where Sydney girls meet. Open nightly from 8pm.


1979 – 1984







Albury Hotel

6 Oxford Street, Paddington

Leigh Jennings and Nanette Theakstone



From 28 July 1980

Apollo Bar (Imperial Hotel)

252 Oxford Street, Paddington


Bar seven nights, restaurant entertainment. Mostly male crowd.


After 1979

Belmore Park Hotel

Mary & Reservoir St, Surry Hills

Noel Licensee prior 25 July 1983; 25 July 1983 Leanne and Lesley;

See all you gals there


Opens 7 May 1982; Women from 25 July 1983

Beresford Hotel

354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills.

Barry Cecchini

Macho Levi Crowd


From November 1979

Cecchini’s Milton Hotel

157 King Street, Newtown

Barry Cecchini

Best cocktail in Sydney


What’s on May 1984

Centre Stage (Glasgow Arms Hotel)

Cnr William Henry & Harris Streets, Ultimo




First ad 30 June 1983; Not listed May 1984;

Cricketer’s Arms (Kate’s Bar)

106 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills

Brian Buckley ? Manager in 1981

La Trattora, restaurant in 1984


From 1973;

Croydon Hotel

13 Hennessy Street, Croydon

Hosts Ian and Kay



First listing January 28th 1984;

Exchange Hotel

34 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Dawn O’Donnell, one of the partners; Elizabeth Court licensee 1984;



From March 1981

Flinders Hotel

63 Flinders Street, Surry Hills

Peter Brider. Hosts Peter and Mitch



From August 1980

Golden Sheath Hotel, The

Double Bay


Trixie, Lorraine and Co.


Ad November 1984

Golf View Hotel

Rawson Road, Guildford (just off Woodville Road)




Ad January 1984

Honest Irishman Hotel

138 Parramatta Road, Camperdown

Colin Corney

Vicki’s Venue listed 3rd March 1983


From July 1982

Newtown Hotel

174 King St, Newtown

August 1982 Dawn and Roger Claude deny ‘moving to Newtown’.



First ad October 1982

Oxford Hotel

134 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Peter Whittle, Licensee



Opens July 1982

Paddington Green Hotel

Opposite Victoria Barracks




Opens 18 October 1984

Rosie’s Place Bar (Rose of Australia Hotel)

Cnr Swanton and George Streets, Erskineville




First ad 17 March 1983. Last listing 16 September 1983.

Sheraton Motor Hotel, Harbour Terrace Bar

40 Macleay Street, Potts Point




What’s On April 1984

Town Hall Hotel Balmain (Shillito’s restaurant)

366 Darling Street, Balmain

Brian Allen and David Viner proprietors 1981


Mixed; Womens Music nights;

First ad December 1981; First listing OWN April 1982

Unicorn Hotel + Shillitos Restaurant

106 Oxford Street, Paddington.

Timothy Berry Licensee,

Mostly male crowd, bar and restaurant.


From October 1979; Shillitos May 1984;

Westower Tavern

Cnr Church and Argyle Streets, Parramatta



The biggest and most comfortable disco in Sydney

Ad April 1984

White Horse Hotel

161 Princes Highway, St Peters



Live entertainment

Opens 4th June 1984

Male Saunas/Sex on Premises







253 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Neil Taylor

“Hunky hot men.”


From 1973


83 - 85 Anzac Parade, Kensington

David Ross



From 1972. Katacombs May 1982

King Steam

22 King Street, Sydney

Roger Claude Teyssedre and Colin



Reopens  2 April 1983

Roman Bath, The

250 Pitt St, Sydney

David Ross, Nicholas Lorschy

“Relax in the most luxurious and well appointed steam bath in the southern hemisphere.”


1973 - 1988


Above 5 Union Street, Newcastle


Where to go to find friendly healthy country guys


Ad December 1984

Bookshops, Galleries






The Bookshop (inside Link)

249 Crown Street, Darlinghurst




Ad in December 1984

Updated: 20 March 2016 by John Witte using listings and mentions in various 1984 gay newspapers and magazines. 9pm only January, June and December 1984 were used.

1984 community events


If not in Sydney


January 1984


The Gays Counselling Service receives Government funding for the position of a Director.

January  1984


The Sydney AIDS Prospective Study is established by St Vincents Hospital to study a wide range of men over a period of time to identify the history of the AIDS virus infection, how to prevent an infection and how to halt the progression to end stage AIDS once the infection occurs.

January 1984


A gay man is refused accreditation as a counsellor for Life-Line because he is homosexual.

January 1984


The Australian Teachers’ Federation approve a resolution giving increased rights to gay and lesbian teachers.

January 1984


A collection of short stories, If Blood Should Stain the Lino by Gary Dunne is published.

1 January 1984


The Criminal Code is amended to legalise private homosexual acts, with an age of consent of 18, in contrast to 16 for heterosexual sex.

12 January 1984


Australia’s first registered gay Club – The Newtown Businessman’s Club at 16 Albermarle Street, Newtown opens.

18 January 1984


Friends of the Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB) meet with the ADB and it was agreed to publicise the functions of the Board.

20 January 1984


Members of inVersions and Gaywaves present a discussion on gay writing as part of the 7th Marxist Summer School.

28 January 1984


Brian McGahen, Sleaze Ball director and Craig Neil of SLATS present the Australia Day Warehouse Party at the corner of Jones and Fig Streets, Ultimo.

29 January 1984


The Boomerang Social Club holds its inaugural Bush Picnic at the St Ives Showground.

February 1984


The Anglican Church is taken to the Equal Opportunity Tribunal over its refusal to allow use of Sydney Square for the start of the Gay Mardi Gras. The Church backs down.

February 1984


The Midnight Shift is served notice of the cancellation of its licence. Its licence is retained in April 1984.

February 1984


Richard Turner and Dennis Altman announce they will make a half hour documentary film of the Gay Mardi Gras.

February 1984


The first issue of the East Sydneysider is distributed around Darlinghurst and West Paddington.

2 February 1984


The Croydon Hotel at 13 Hennessy Street, Croydon advertises Saturdays as a gay night.

11 February 1984


A group of protesters dressed in conservative drag gather outside the Willoughby Town Hall and greet Festival of Light members gathering to launch Jim Cameron’s election campaign.

20 February 1984


The Reverend Troy Perry, founder of The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, visits Sydney.

21 February 1984


The President of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, Carmel Niland, denounces the retention of those sections of the Crimes Act outlawing sexual relations between consenting adults.

22 February 1984


Barry Cecchini presents Luna Park for Adults  at Luna Park.

23 February 1984


The northern rivers based Mandala group presents Slipshod Cabaret at the Gay Centre.

25 February 1984


The 7th Gay Mardi Gras is held and its theme is We’ll Dance If We Want To. It is launched by the Reverend Troy Perry and over 40 floats take part. 9,000 people dance and party until after 10am the next day.

25 February 1984


For the first time, police co-operate fully with the Mardi Gras Committee by closing the parade route to traffic.

March 1984


On Guard: a girls’ own adventure – a film by Digby Duncan, Sarah Gibson and Susan Lambert is screened at the Academy Twin, Paddington.

March 1984


Toby Zoates film The Thief of Sydney screens at the Academy Twin.

March 1984


Licensee Barry Cecchini enters into a partnership with Roger Edwards and Lionel Muller and buys the freehold on the Beresford Hotel.

March 1984


Gayzette a newsletter of the “mixed gay movement” is launched and sent to all registrants of the 9th National Conference of Lesbians and Homosexual Men.

11 March 1984           


Premier Wran and Police Minister Anderson announce the setting up of the Community Relations Bureau, including a Police-Gay Liaison Unit.

11 March 1984


Almost 3,000 attend the International Women’s Day March from the Town Hall to Hyde Park.

17 March 1984


The Reverend Don Johnson dies in Birmingham from cancer aged 62.

24 March 1984


The Wran Government is re-elected.

31 March 1984


A discussion group for women interested in or practising S/M meets at 37 Cavendish Street, Stanmore.

April 1984


Twenty Ten announces Department of Youth and Community Services funding of $56,000 to set up a gay youth refuge.

April 1984


The Gay Rights Lobby sends a booklet Homosexual Law Reform: Questions and Answers written by Craig Johnston to newly elected members of the NSW parliament.

April 1984

San Francisco

A proposal to close sex-on-premises venues in San Francisco splits the gay community.

April 1984


Researchers reported in Sydney Gay News have discovered a virus responsible for AIDS – “a leukaemia type virus from the retro virus family”, which attacks “T-4 lymphocytes of the Gamma globulin the portion of the blood carrying the anti-bodies”.

4 April 1984


The male toilet block in Green Park is demolished. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence retrieve a collection of “relics”.

6 April 1984


Premier Wran is jeered at the Council for Civil Liberties 21st Anniversary Dinner, because of his failure to introduce homosexual law reform.

6 April 1984


The Pink Patrol, a non-violent group aiming to prevent homophobic assaults in Oxford Street advertises in The Star.

14 April 1984 


Three openly gay men are elected to the City of Sydney Council – Craig Johnston, Brian McGahen and Bill Hunt.

14 April 1984


Out lesbian, Margaret Lyons is elected to the Leichhardt Council.

20 April 1984


Westower Tavern, Parramatta, advertises a gay disco on Tuesday nights.

20 April 1984


The Sheraton Motor Hotel, 40 Macleay Street, Potts Point, promotes itself as a gay friendly venue in The Star.

21 April 1984


Brian McGahen and Shane Mangan organise Bop Till Ya Drop at the Roundhouse UNSW to a jointly fund Brian McGahen’s election campaign and a Gays Community Services Centre.

22 April 1984


The third Annual Gala Debutante Ball is held at the Hilton Hotel. Actor, Pat McDonald is the special guest and receives the debutantes.

27 April 1984


The first issue of Sydney Gay News is published. The editor is Alan Deith.

28 April 1984


The Boomerangs Social Club present Cell Block  and raise $700 for the Lambda Legal Defence Fund.

29 April 1984


Premier Wran announces that he will introduce a private member’s Bill to decriminalise homosexual acts.

May 1984


Crossways, a self help group for gay and lesbian ex-psychiatric patients meets on Saturdays.

May 1984


The Federal Government grants $80,000 toward a joint Sydney/Melbourne medical team to research AIDS at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital (V) and Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital.

May 1984


Leggs nightclub part-owned and managed by KLIPHE opens at 23 Pelican Street, Oxford Square, Darlinghurst.

May 1984


Trilogy Restaurant opens in the former Martins Club, 217 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.

1 May 1984


Formation of Ad Hoc Law Reform Group (AHLRG) which neither supports or opposes the Wran Bill and lobbies for equal ages of consent.

2 May 1984    


Gay community representatives meet with the ALP left.

6 May 1984


A gay community meeting is held on full equality for homosexuals.

8 May 1984    


Twenty-Ten adopts a full equality position on homosexual law reform.

10 May 1984


A AHLRG meeting supports the Wran Bill.

10 May 1984


The NSW Premier Wran introduces a Private Member’s Bill to decriminalise male homosexual acts. He meets with a delegation that morning. He refuses to lower the age of consent from 18 to 16 or agree to a “reasonable grounds of belief” clause but agrees to Lex Watson’s suggestion that no person between the age of 16 – 18 will be prosecuted without the consent of the Attorney-General.

12 May 1984  


Oxford Street is leafleted with two leaflets – one with the official AHLRG position and the other urging the withdrawal of the Bill.

13 May 1984


An AIDS benefit at the Midnight Shift raises $6,035.

15 May 1984  


A gay community rally is held at Parliament House.

15 May 1984  


The Festival of Light holds a rally in Macquarie Street.

15 May 1984


Debate on homosexual law reform is held in the Legislative Assembly.

16 May 1984


The amended Wran Bill is passed by the Legislative Assembly.

17 May 1984


Homosexual law reform is debated and the Wran Bill passed by the Legislative Council.

18 May 1984


The Wran Bill is returned to the Legislative Assembly for final approval. The NSW Buggery Law is reformed and the male/male age of consent is set at 18.

18 May 1984


Michael Glynn retires as editor of The Star and is replaced by Paul Smith.

27 May 1984


The Homosexual Law Reform Coalition proposes to set up a phone tree network to provide emergency support for people arrested.

29 May 1984


The Gay Immigration Task Force is formed.

30 May 1984


Peter Tully and David McDiarmid hold a point exhibition at The Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Paddington.

June 1984

New York

Terry Goulden, director of the Gays Counselling Service attends the First International Gay/Lesbian Health Conference.

June 1984


The Sydney City Council passes a motion calling on the State Parliament to give gay men equality before the law.

June 1984


The National Greg Weir Campaign winds up and its funds distributed.

June 1984


The Gays Counselling Service meets with Sydney western suburbs groups at Guildford to form Westreach.

June 1984


A group within the Metropolitan Community Church decides to look at a US ‘buddy’ system in which people are trained to care for people with AIDS. Later in 1984 the group sets itself up as the Community Support Network (CSN).

June 1984


The Gays Counselling Service of NSW is again refused tax deductibility for donations because it is not deemed to be a “public benevolent institution”.

5 June 1984


The Attorney General Paul Landa tells a delegation he is pressing ahead with the dropping of all charges against men arrested in the Club 80 raids.

5-6 June 1984


The first Australian Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) is held at Sydney University. One workshop is entitled Is Affirmative Action Appropriate for Homosexuals? and it discusses the implications of homosexuals being excluded from Part IXA EEO of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act.

6 June 1984


The legislation decriminalising male homosexual behaviour is proclaimed and will commence on the 8 June 1984.

8 June 1984


Rose’s, a cabaret venue opens in the old Goulburn Club building, 51 Goulburn Street, City.

13 June 1984


Federal Parliament passes the Public Service Reform Act which contains protection for homosexuals in Federal employment.

15 June 1984


The Federal Health Minister, Dr Neal Blewett announces $110,000 for research in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide into AIDS.

17 June 1984


Don’s Bar, at corner of Bayswater Road and Ward Avenue, Kings Cross opens.

18 June 1984


Bob Goldsmith, Australia’s big winner at the first gay Olympics in San Francisco, dies from illnesses resulting from AIDS, aged 30.

23 June 1984


A march and rally for lesbian and gay liberation is organised by the Gay Solidarity Group and endorsed by the HLRC.

23 June 1984


This year’s Stonewall Rally for Lesbian and Gay Liberation attracts 100 people. It assembles at Town Hall Square and marches to Hyde Park.

24 June 1984


Gay City Broadcasters announce A Gay Sunday Morning  on Radio Sydney 2RSR – FM (88.9 mHz)

27 June 1984


The Darlinghurst Review of Unnatural Acts is held at the Gay Centre, Surry Hills.

July 1984


The federal Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Stuart West, says that immigration guidelines governing de facto relationships will not be relaxed to include homosexuals.

July 1984


The AIDS benefit fund establishes a legal trust organisation to raise funds for assisting people affected by AIDS and related issues. It is called the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation for AIDS and Related Issues.

July 1984


Drew Griffiths a founder of the Gay Sweatshop Theatre Company is murdered.

July 1984


The White Horse Hotel at 161 Princes Hwy, St Peters promotes itself as a gay venue.

6 July 1984


A group protests outside the Newtown Hotel against a fundraiser to help send an Australian Police team to the World Police Olympics.

8 July 1984

Cote d’Azur

Photographer Brassai dies aged 84.

9 July 1984


The Chairman (sic) of the Board of Directors of Radio Eastern Sydney orders The Gay Program off the air for one month after allegations it was “offensive” and “discriminated against Roman Catholics”.

13 July 1984


Exposivo a group art exhibition of seven artists (David Adams, Peter Blakeney, Philip Juster, Kerrie Leishman, Bill Morley, Carol Murphy, Asko Sutmen) opens at 370 Pitt Street, City.

22 July 1984


Jeffrey Saynor, a member of the Gay Solidarity Group is detained and abused at Darlinghurst Police Station as an ‘intoxicated person’ despite being ‘stone cold sober’.

27 July 1984

Speers Point

Police seize three paintings and later charge Melbourne artist, Juan Davila and Director of Lake Macquarie Gallery, Laura McLeod, under the NSW Indecent Publications and Classified Articles Act.

28-29 July 1984


A training workshop for the Gay Crisis Network (aka the telephone tree see 27 May 1984) takes place at Darlinghurst CYSS.

August 1984


Several hundred people gather outside Sydney Town Hall to hear a performance by Oral Richards and the Sisters of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence while Mary Whitehouse addresses an audience in the Town Hall.

August 1984


The ADB announces it has successfully resolved its first homosexual related case for a man alleging he was dismissed as a salesman because he was homosexual.

August 1984


Councillor Ralph McLean is elected Mayor of Fitzroy Municipal Council. He is Australia’s first openly gay nayor.

1 August 1984


A Liquor Law Inquiry into the Liquor Act and whether it should be amended to allow for discos and other situations where liquor is provided without a meal, commences.

3  August  1984


The Australian Broadcasting Corporation announces that gay couples will be treated on the same basis as heterosexual ‘de facto’ couples in regard to special benefits, leave, etc

4 August 1984


The NSW Minister for Youth and Community Services, Frank Walker officially opens the Twenty Ten Refuge in Glebe.

6 August 1984


An AIDS information and support group meets Monday evenings at the Oxford Hotel.

18 August 1984


Kitchen staff for Ward 7 St Vincents Hospital fail to deliver meals to four patients with AIDS related illnesses. The hospital’s administration take steps to resolve care issues for its AIDS patients.

18 August 1984


A charity supper show at a screening of A Woman in Flames for the Gay Counselling Service is held at the Academy Twin Cinema.

21 August 1984


A Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF) benefit night is held at Kinselas featuring Simone and Monique’s Playgirls Revue and raises $2,000.

25 August 1984


A community fund raising party Face the Music and Dance is held at the Paddington Town Hall.

31 August 1984 – 2 September 1984


Common Ground, the Tenth National Conference for Lesbians and Homosexual Men is held at QLD University. A workshop on pedophilia is dropped after pressure from the QLD National Party Government.

September 1984


The chief judge of the NSW Equity Court rules in a property dispute between two women who had a “homosexual form of marriage”, giving half share of the property to each party.

September 1984


Gay City Broadcasters on 2RSR-FM (88.9) begins a series of programmes on Sunday afternoon about Sydney’s gay past.

September 1984


The Minister for Youth and Community Services, Frank Walker, withdraws $20,000 funding from the Gays Counselling Service after hearing it was “backing the Australian Pedophile (sic) Support Group.”

26 September 1984


An ADB – gay consultation meeting discusses setting up a police-gay liaison unit.

October 1984

San Francisco

14 gay bathhouses ordered to close by the Public Health Director re-open on the advice of gay civil rights lawyers. The closure is also condemned by the Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights.

October 1984


The NSW Ombudsman, G.G. Masterman launches an investigation into the Club 80 raids.

5 October 1984


The Sydney City Council is the first local government body in NSW to adopt a firm policy of support for equal opportunity in employment.

6 October 1984


The annual Sleaze Ball is held at the Hordern Pavilion.

10 October 1984


Gay youth activist David Cook and his supporters win control of the management committee of Twenty – Ten.

14 October 1984            


A community meeting is held at the Gay Centre to discuss the formation of a police-gay liaison unit. Five gay representatives are elected.

18 October 1984


The Paddington Green Hotel is opened as a gay venue by Kandy Johnson, Simone and Wayne.

24 October 1984


A public meeting at 26 Norton Street, Surry Hills, forms an association which will serve the sporting interests of the gay community of Sydney with particular reference to Gay Games II.

November 1984


A study of the effectiveness of condoms is started by Julian Gold, Dr John Gerofi, Dr Basil Donovan and Lex Watson.

November 1984


The Midnight Shift’s application for a hotel licence is delayed after a number of Darlinghurst Hotels force the case to be heard before the Liquor Licencing Court.

2 November 1984


William Yang holds a retrospective exhibition of his work at the Hogarth Galleries.

4 November 1984


The 10th annual Polly-lympics picnic and sports day is held at Macquarie University. Gay City Broadcasters do live crosses during its afternoon show.

8 November 1984


Jeff Lees and his lover Michael Moore, members of the Gay Railworkers Group (GRG) are detained, harassed and abused by Railway Police.

17 November 1984


First National AIDS Conference is held and the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) is formed

18 November 1984


An AIDS summit decides to form a National Advisory Committee on AIDS (NACA) which will have 12 members, chaired by Ita Buttrose and includes two Australian AIDS Action Committee representatives.

23 November 1984


Fred Nile and his supporters stage media events outside the Roman Baths and 253 Steam Baths as part of its Call to Australia election campaign.

December 1984


William Yang publishes Sydney Diary.

1 December 1984


Gay activist, Lex Watson is the first recipient of the Gay Service Ward.

8 December 1984


The Boomerang Social Club holds a fund raising dance and production in aid of the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and raises $3,000.

15 December 1984


The AIDS Learning Exchange, an information resource for people wanting to know more about AIDS meets at the Juanita Nielsen Centre in Woolloomooloo.

16 December 1984


David Beschi opens The Man venue at 30 Burton Street, Darlinghurst.

31 December 1984


A NYE Party presented by the organisers of the 1984 Mardi Gras and Sleaze Ball parties is held at the Old Signal building in Crown Street.


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