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


1992: Community events


Place if not in Sydney


January 1992


The Rainbow Flag is incorporated into a Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) poster.

January 1992


The Gay and Lesbian Action on Media Association (GLAMA) is formed to monitor the media’s treatment of gay and lesbian issues.

January 1992


Dr David Goldstein, Clinical trials co-ordinator at the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, declares the success of AZT/Acyclovir trial a milestone, but “not the end of the story”.

January 1992


Leo Cameron, Campaign editor, defends the paper’s decision to publish an anti-Asian letter in its letters column.

January 1992


Kevin Gardner, President of the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service (GLCS) is appointed Senior Education Officer with responsibility for HIV and AIDS education in NSW government schools.

January 1992


The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF) begins receiving $1 for each admission to the Bodyline Sauna.

January 1992


The Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW moves to the GLCS Centre, 197 Albion Street, Surry Hills.

January 1992


Benedict Ciantar’s first novel, Distractions is published by Blackwattle Press.

1 January 1992


Leichhardt Council investigates safety concerns over the Attitude NYE Party at White Bay Studios Rozelle.

13 January 1992


The Fitness Exchange re-locates to the Heffron Hall, Darlinghurst

24 January 1992


ACTUP activists set up a mock-up AIDS ward outside the home of the Health Minister, John Hannaford to protest against bed shortages for AIDS patients in NSW hospitals.

25-26 January 1992


Big Boys and Locker Room present, Swelter Australia Day Party Weekend at the Banquet Hall at the Showgrounds.

28 January 1992


NSW high schools now have access to a teaching kit to help them address anti-lesbian and gay violence.

30 January 1992


David Steven’s new play about a widowed father and his gay son, The Sum of Us, previews at the Wharf Theatre.

9 February 1992


SGLMG Fair Day is held at Jubilee Park Glebe with over 50 stalls.

10 February 1992


Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) writes to the NSW Minister for Housing, Joe Schipp, calling on him to grant immediate transfers to gay  and lesbian tenants who are being harassed in and around their inner-city Department of Housing apartments.

14 February 1992


Gay Perspectives is launched by Paul O’Grady MLC.

27 February 1992


Carole Ruthchild, co-convenor of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL), Derek Williams, co-convenor of Gay and Lesbian Teachers and Students (GaLTaS) meet with Virginia Chadwick, School Education Minister and two high school students who were forced to leave their school after anti-homosexual threats and verbal attacks.

29 February 1992


400,000 watch 75 floats in the 1992 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade from Elizabeth Street to Moore Park. One minute silence is held at 10pm to remember those who died of AIDS. 16,000 partied at the Sydney Showground with tickets restricted to SGLMG members and their friends.

March 1992


After 2 years, Gay and Lesbian Arts Association folds.

26 March 1992


Bruce Brown and Tony Carden have charges against them for causing malicious damage (anti-racist graffiti) outside Campaign’s offices, dismissed.

28 March 1992


Fred Hollows is handed a letter form gay activists calling on him to re-consider his views on HIV/AIDS, when he attends a Fred Hollows Benefit Concert at the UNSW.

April 1992


Michael Glynn’s Harbour City Times folds after six issues.

April 1992


GaLTaS urges school students to report harassment experiences to the GLRL Anti Violence Project.

April 1992


Gay and lesbian flight attendants in NSW, Victoria and Queensland take various airline employers to equal employment bodies, seeking equal benefits rights with heterosexual couples.

April 1992


Gay Perspectives: essays in Australian gay culture edited by Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon is published.

April 1992


Campion Decent and Will Harris take over from Larry Galbraith as joint editors of the Sydney Star Observer.

April 1992


An additional six acute beds for St Vincents Hospital are allocated, bring the total to 24.

April 1992


Teachers from Newcastle Grammar School and Gosford School remove their students from a performance of the Bell Shakespeare Company production of The Merchant of Venice at the Civic Theatre, after the play opened with two men kissing.

April 1992


Gay Fathers, a support group for gay fathers is launched by Bruce Pollack with the support of the GLCS.

April 1992


Alex Harding, the winner of the 1990 Human Rights Award, threatens to return his award unless the Human Rights Commission responds to Fred Hollows’ comments on AIDS.

10 April 1992


Capital Q, a GLBTQ newspaper published by Bluestone Media Melbourne, is launched.

13 April 1992


A working party including Police Commissioner, Tony Lauer and Sue Thompson, Police Gay and Lesbian Client Services Consultant meet to develop a police response to problems associated with beats.

13 April 1992


Redfern Police and the Gay and Lesbian Action for Safety in South Sydney group (GLASS) organise a meeting of gay and lesbian residents of Redfern, Waterloo and Alexandria to identify local harassment issues.

17 April 1992


Sweatbox: Fish Tank dance party is held at the Alexandria Stadium.

24 April 1992


A NSW Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB) Report on HIV and AIDS related discrimination is launched by Premier Greiner. The Report states, “This inquiry has heard what can only be escribed as horror stories in which people have been treated as less than human”.

24 April 1992


Stronghold, a leather bar, relocates from the Unicorn to the Clock Hotel.

25 April 1992


Pride Sydney: Branded dance party is held at the Banquet Hall, Showgrounds.

26 April – 3 May 1992


The first Leather Pride Week includes the Mr Drummer Australia Final and the Forbes Street Fair.

30 April 1992


The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir refuses to remove references to homosexuality from its name under pressure from the organising committee of the Australian National Choral Championships.

May 1992


30 lesbians and gays protest against the portrayal of women in the movie Basic Instinct at Village Cinema City.

May 1992


Neil McConachie, one of Australia’s most senior psychiatrists focusing on behavioural modification and therapy, retires

May 1992


The Legislation Committee of the University of Newcastle (UoN) refuses to endorse constitutional changes that would have established a gay and lesbian officer on the Student Council.

1 May 1992


Andi Nellsun arrives in Sydney after walking 937km from Adelaide to raise money and awareness of AIDS

1 May 1992


The Boomerangs Social Club celebrates its 25th anniversary.

12 May 1992


The Telephone Service Providers Association of Australia moves its dating and phone sex lines from 0055 to restricted access 0051 after public and political pressure

17 May 1992


2,000 march from Green Pk to Hyde Pk to attend a Candlelight Rally to remember those who have died of AIDS.

25 May 1992


Bill Bowtell is elected President of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO).

28 May 1992


A Victorian Supreme Court jury finds a straight man, Robert Marley who killed a gay man, Philip Montague not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter, because Montague provoked Murley who acted in “self-defence”.

29 May 1992


Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby Anti-Violence Project (AVP) receives funding from NSW Department of Health.

30 May 1992


FROXS (Faggots Reclaiming Oxford St) launches a poster campaign over ‘the repulsion of breeders overtly flaunting heterosexism’ in Oxford Street.

June 1992


Teaching kits about violence against homosexual men and women are distributed in 10 educational regions in NSW by the Dept of Education

June 1992


The Gay and Lesbian Holocaust Memorial Project is refused listing on the Register of Cultural Organisations by the Department of Arts, Sport, the Environment and Territories.

12 June 1992


ACTUP stages a ‘die in’ outside the Federal Health Dept Building in Kent Street to protest against delays in approving the anti-viral drug ddC.

17 June 1992


South Sydney Council approves a community policing centre for Taylor Square

19 June 1992

San Diego

Peter Allen dies from Kaposi’s Sarcoma.

19 June 1992


Sacked SGLMG General Manager, Cath Phillips settles her legal case for unfair dismissal.

30 June 1992


Pride appoints Gillian Minervini as President replacing outgoing President, David Wilkins.

4 July 1992

Medlow Bath

An avenue of cherry trees is planted in the Medlow Bath Park as a memorial to those people lost to AIDS.

10 July 1992


Justice Bannon of the Land and Environment Court states that homosexuals have ‘unfortunate characteristics’.

24 July 1992


Gay and lesbian groups protest against the ban on lesbians and gays from the defence forces, outside the Labor Party head office.

August 1992


Paul O’Grady MLC, makes a complaint to the Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB) that the State Parliament is denying him the right to travel with his same sex partner.

August 1992


The Australian Army reinstates a lesbian officer who was sacked after 18 years’ service in the Army Reserve and as a full time officer, after she makes a complaint to the Human Rights Commission.

August 1992


New Zealand customs are reported to be selectively questioning and searching gay men and lesbians travelling to and from NZ during gay events. It is said they believe gay men are heavy drug users during these events.

August 1992


Red and Silver, an adolescent novel set in Sydney by Ian McNeill is published.

August 1992


My City of Sydney, an exhibition of paintings by Christopher Lewis is held at the Robin Gibson Gallery.

1 August 1992


Irene Moss, the Race Discrimination Commissioner addresses an Anti-Racism Workshop at Heffron Hall organised by Gays and Lesbians against Racism.

3 August 1992


The Australian Broadcasting Commission TV programme, Four Corners broadcasts a debate about the ban on gay men and lesbians in the armed services.

10 August 1992


Artist Peter Tully dies from AIDS intestate. His biological family claims his estate and moves it to rural Victoria.

15 August 1992


Peter Kenna’s Furtive Love is revived at the New Theatre Newtown.

22,23 August 1992


249 students attend the second national Queer Collaborations Conference at the UNSW College of Fine Arts.

29 August 1992


The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir wins the Community Choir’s section of the Australian National Choral Championships in Wagga.

September 1992


A committee is set up to implement 74 recommendations of the NSW ADB report into HIV related discrimination.

4 September 1992


Night of Your Life, a book of Mardi Gras photography is launched at the POD Gallery.

5 September 1992


Susan Harben is elected President of the Mardi Gras Board

7 September 1992


The Anti Violence Project release The Off Our Backs Report into anti-lesbian violence.

15 September 1992


The Liquor Administration Board gives permission for the SGLMG Sleaze Ball to go ahead.

16 September 1992


The State Government appoints a gay man, John Marsden to the NSW Police Board.

21 September 1992


The Off Our Backs report on anti-lesbian violence is launched at Parliament House.

30 September 1992


Lawyer Peter Grogan is voted in as the new President of the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON).

October 1992


The Australian Catholic University continues to refuse to allow a gay and lesbian support group to form on campus.

October 1992


The Grace Brothers store reveals that a previous decision to take The Night of Your Life a book of photographs of the SGLMG by Gerry North off its shelves, has been reversed.

October 1992


The Sydney Lesbian and Gay Community Centre Limited (Pride) records a $40,000 loss for the last financial year. Its equity now stands at $163,000.

3 – 4 October 1992


One thousand people attend the Australian Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Expo.

3 October 1992


The jungle themed Sleaze Ball is a success despite noise restrictions and threats of a drugs bust.

15 October 1992


The Federal Government passes the Disability Discrimination Bill, providing a guarantee of the rights and freedoms of HIV positive people in Australia.

25 October 1992


Sydney’s gay and lesbian swimming club, the Wet Ones, holds its first AGM.

28 October 1992


The news editor of the Sydney Star Observer resigns after sending confidential correspondence to the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH).

30 October 1992


Rob Wardell, the Executive Director of the AIDS Trust is sacked.

November 1992


The Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is set to proceed despite an ongoing dispute between the SGLMG and the Academy Twin Cinema, over who owns the Mardi Gras Film Festival.

3 November 1992


The Land and Environment Court rules in favour of Bodyline Spa and against the South Sydney Council, and allows it to continue operating at its premises in Flinders Street, Darlinghurst.

8 November 1992


Annual Polympics is held at R.A.N. Sports Field, Randwick.

10 November 1992


SGLMG launches its guide at KKK Sauna. Its poster by Kendal Baker is launched at Midnight Shift.

21 November 1992


The third annual CounterAid, where celebrities raise funds for the AIDS Trust of Australia by working behind the counters of Sydney retail stories, is held.

21 November 1992


The Gay and Lesbian Information Service holds a meeting at Newcastle Trades Hall, to establish a Gay and Lesbian Interagency.

23 November 1992


Federal Cabinet decides to lift the ban on gay men and lesbians in the Defence Forces.

23 November 1992


ACT UP activists lay 907 white carnations at the feet of the speakers at the opening of the 5th National AIDS Conference.

28 November 1992


3,000 attend an anti-discrimination rally in Town Hall Square and march to Green Park. One marcher, Patrick Jennings is hit by a car which drives into the march.

28 November 1992


2000AD holds Hardware II dance party is held at Alexandria Stadium.

December 1992


Temper, a bi-monthly black and white gay and lesbian magazine goes on sale.

December 1992


The Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) cancels plans for a live broadcast of the SGLMG parade

December 1992


Beaches and Billabongs a gay novel set in the 1960s by Ian MacNeill is published.

December 1992


Wicked Women publish their next issue of hellbent: Queer Mysticism, Sex Magic and Spirituality.

December 1992


The administration of the UoN backs down from its opposition to the Students’ Association incorporating a gay and lesbian position on the Student’s Representative Council.

December 1992


Gay activist Shane Ostenfeld is elected President of the Council of Australian Post Graduates Association.

December 1992


The Lesbian Space Project launch is hailed as a success after many pledges of support.

December 1992


Angels at the Oxford an exhibition of assemblages by Rod McRae, is held at the Oxford Hotel.

December 1992


Gary Dunne’s Shadows on the Dancefloor is published.

7 December 1992


The AVP launches Get Involved to tackle gay bashings during the 1992-3 summer.

11 December 1992


The Wickham Park Hotel in Islington, opens as a gay venue.

12-13 December 1992


The 4th Lesbian Studies Conference Learning from Each Other is held at the UNSW College of Fine Arts.

19 December 1992


Eclectic Events present Dress for pleasure Xmas party, a fund-raiser for Ward 17 South an CSN, at the Alexandria Stadium.

23 December 1992


The first issue of HIV/AIDS Education kits, condoms and bleach for needles is made to inmates at Belconnen Remand Centre.

30 December 1992


Burn, a national gay and lesbian “coalition glossy” is on sale. Its editor is Cath Phillips.

31 December 1992


Bacchanalia: Hyperspace ’93 dance party is held at a secret inner city warehouse.

31 December 1992


A RAT NYE party is held at the Hordern Pavilion Sydney Showgrounds.

Updated: 13 August 2016 by John Witte using the Sydney Star Observer & Capital Q. Please advise of omissions and errors.



 1992: Community and activist organisations



Date listed


Dorothy 660 5367

September 1992


Acceptance Sydney

15 Francis Street, East Sydney/28 Roslyn Street, Elizabeth Bay

Listed December 1979;

Acceptance Phone Counselling

331 1597

Listed October 1990

ACTUP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power)

Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, Collins/Norton Streets, 4th Fl, 134 Broadway

Listed April 1990. New address October 1991.

Affirmation (for Mormons)

Box 359, Wahroonga

Listed September 1990

AIDS Council of NSW

188 Goulburn Street, Sydney

February 1985

ACON Hunter Branch

PO Box 1081, Newcastle

Listed May 1990

ACON Illawarra Office

Box 1073, Wollongong

Listed January 1991

ACON Mid North Coast Branch

PO Box 990, Coffs Harbour

Listed January 1992

ACON North Coast Branch

Box 63, South Lismore

Listed May 1990

ACON Rural Project

PO Box 350 Darlinghurst

Listed June 1992

AIDS Hotline of the Albion Street Centre

332 4000

January 1989

AIDS Trust of Australia

74-78 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

January 1990; January 1992

Al-Anon Gay Support Group

703 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Ad January 1987, new location January 1990

Al-Anon Gay and Lesbian Meeting

Annandale Community Centre, 79 Johnson Street

Listing March 1992

Albion Street AIDS Centre

332 4000

March 1985

Albury Wodonga Gay Group

Box 988, Albury

Listed December 1992

Albury Wodonga HIV/AIDS Support

Box 155, Albury

Listed December 1992

Alliance of Lesbian, Gay/Bi Students

Uni of Wollongong, PO Box 1144 Wollongong

Listed June 1992


Rockdale Bowl

Listed March 1992


150 Albion Street, Surry Hills

May 1985

Antibody Positive Support Group

150 Albion Street, Surry Hills

April 1988

Armidale Gay and Lesbian Society

PO Box 581, Armidale

Listed 11 May 1983. Lesbian October 1991

Asians and Friends

Box 25, Haymarket

Listed January 1991

Asian Young Gay Men

283 2599

Launch 18 January 1992

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

062 47 3411

Listed April 1990

Australian Gay and Lesbian Law Journal

Charles Sturt University, Bathurst

Listed September 1992

Australian Gay and Lesbian Pilots’ Network

Box 4583, Sydney

Listed September 1992

Australian Gay History Project

Room, 398, Merewether Bldg, Univ of Sydney

Listed March 1992

Australian National Gay Sports Association

PO Box 433, Coogee

Listed March 1988

Australian Sailing and Cruising Club

PO Box D1023, Dundas

Set up 3 July 1991 at Unicorn.


Bankstown Area Gay Society

Laurie 644 4946

Listed August 1991

Blackboard Bulletin Board

692 9149

Listed January 1991

Blue Mountains PWLA Day Care Centre

2 Station Street, Katoomba

Listed November 1989

Bobby Goldsmith Foundation

St Vincent’s Medical Centre, 376 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

Mention July 1984; Change of address September 1991;

Boomerangs Social Club

Box 429, Darlinghurst

Listed March 1979

Bowling Amigos

Rockdale Bowl

Listed July 1991

Bridge Club, The

Box 788, Rozelle

Mentioned August 1991


Campbelltown Community AIDS Prevention Program (CAPP)

Cafe 8 Iolanthe Street, Campbelltown

Listed October 1992

Capital Q


Begins 10 April 1992

Caregivers Project Australia

Box 15, Darlinghurst

Listed May 1991. Not listed May 1992

Castaways Social Group

Box H178, Harris Park

June 1985. Not listed 1991

Central Coast HIV Services

043 20 3399

Listed January 1992

Christian Lesbian Collective

Box 98, Enmore

Listed April 1990

Circle, The

Glen 580 6494

Listed September 1992

Clover Women’s Club

122 Victoria Road, Drummoyne

Listed August 1980; address January 1992

Club Nuvo

Box 499, Kensington

Listed January 1992

Coastal Connections

PO Box 259, Toukley

Newly formed November 1984

Coastal Lynx

PO Box 1525, Port Macquarie

Listed May 1992

Coming Out Group

179 Albion Street, Surry Hills

Listed April 1989; New Address 1992

Community HIV/AIDS Trials Network



Community Support Network

PO Box 415, Darlinghurst

Formed at meeting June 1984

Community Support Network Newcastle

049 29 3464

Listed November 1990

Community Support Network North Coast

066 22 1555

Listed January 1992

Community Support Network Wollongong

042 74 3908

Listed November 1990

Country Network

Box 236, Rozelle

Listed October 1980; New address January 1992

Cronulla Gay Group

PO Box 195, Cronulla

Listed 1979

Cross Section

519  5830

Listed April 1989

Crystal Set Womyn’s Radio

2SER-FM Wednesday

Listed May 1992


Deaf Community AIDS Project

02 283 2088

Listed 1992

The Dolphin Motor Club

Meets at Daddy’s Bar, Crown & Collins St, Surry Hills

Listed June 1979. New Venue February 1992


The Eagles gay community bulletin board

745 3500

Listing November 1988

Enola Gay

Box 380, Broadway

Signature 1988


Female to Male transsexual support group

PO Box 1349, Strawberry Hills

Listed May 1992

Fitness Exchange

Heffron Hall, Cnr Palmer and Burton Streets, East Sydney

New location January 1992

Flamingo Association

Box R47, Rhodes

Listing January 1988; Association January 1992

Four Seasons Social Group

PO Box 1654, Coffs Harbour

Listing November 1985;

Freelance Bowling League

Rushcutters Bowl, 110 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay

Listed April 1983

Friday Night Social Coffee Shop

Heffron Community Centre

Listed January 1992

Friends of PWAs

150 Albion Street, Surry Hills

Listed December 1988

Fun & Esteem Project

283 2599

Listed November 1990



319 2799

Ad May 1984;

Gay Adoptees Group (GAG)

c/- GLCS, 197 Albion Street, Darlinghurst

Listing August 1992

Gay and Lesbian Action for Safety in South Sydney (GLISSS)

Cricketers Arms Hotel

Notice April 1992

Gay and Lesbian Action on Media Association


Article February 1992

Gay and Lesbian Al-Anon

703 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Listing April 1992

Gay and Lesbian Arts Association

PO Box 786, Darlinghurst

Launched 22 August 1988; folds March 1992;

Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW Centre

197 Albion Street, Surry Hills

Name change ?1986

Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA)

Union Box 63, UNSW

Listing July 1986

Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA)

Box 96 Student Council, Macquarie University

Listed December 1989

Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA)

Union Post Box,

Newcastle University

Listed June 1990

Gay and Lesbian Concert Band

Heffron Hall

Listed July 1991

Gay and Lesbian Country Line

0055 13159

Listed December 1992

Gay and Lesbian Legal Rights Service (GLRLS)

74 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Listed August 1992

Gay and Lesbian Line (was GLCS Gay Line)

197 Albion Street, Surry Hills.

Ad January 1987 Gayline. Listed January 1990

Gay and Lesbian Holocaust Memorial Project Incorporated

74 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Listed June 1991. Incorporates Sept 1991

Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force

2nd Floor, 74-78 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

May 1985; renamed July 1987; new address January 1992

Gay and Lesbian Information Service (GLIS)

Box 425, Newcastle

Listed November 1991

Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby

2nd Floor, 74 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Forms 21 April 1988. Oxford St March 1991

Gay and Lesbian Teachers and Students

74 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Listed August 1991

Gay and Lesbian UTS (GLUTS)

Box 123, Broadway

Listed May 1991

Gay Business Association


Revived Sept 1991; revived Aug 1992

Gay Fathers


Mentioned April 1991

Gay History Project (see Aust Gay History Project)

Sydney University

Events listing 1991

Gay Men’s Alcoholics Anonymous

Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre

Listed September 1991

Gay Radio Information News Service (GRINS)

PO Box 380, Broadway

Listed July 1984

Gays and Lesbians Against Racism

74-78 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Listed April 1992


Petersham Rollerrink

Listed January 1988

Gays Living Out West (GLOW)

Box 2680, North Parramatta; PO Box 87, Chester Hill

Listed January 1991

Gay Waves Radio


Mentioned March 1980

Gay and Lesbian What’s On (GLCS)

699 6320

Listed November 1985

Global Pen Friends

Box 343, Punchbowl

Listing July 1989


Box 248, Holme Blg

Listed May 1991


Hands on free massage

Richard 660 6392

Listing February 1991

Harbour City Amateur Wrestling Club

Box 433, Coogee

Listed July 1988

Helix, North Shore Gay Group

Box 134, Crows Nest

Listing July 1991

Hell bent gay and lesbian arts and culture magazine

Box 305, Redfern

Launched October 14 1990

HIV Anonymous

Village Church Hall, Oxford Street, Paddington

Listed January 1992

HIV Anon Relatives

263 Oxford Street, Paddington

Listed July 1992

Hunter Hugger Muggers

PO Box 372, Maitland

Listed June 1992



197 Albion Street, Surry Hills

Listed 16 May 1983; New address 1992;

Illawarra HIV Support Group

042 75 5974

Listed June 1990

Inside Out

25 Douglas Av Perth

Listed 13 October 1983


33 Wellington Street, Chippendale

Listed August 1992

Jews and Friends

360 7214; PO Box 1288, Darlinghurst

Listed March 1991.



810 5013

Article set up in December 1989

Karuna Blue Mountains

047 822120

Listed June 1992

Karumah Day Centre

58 Gipps Street, Carrington

October 1989. New address

Knights of the Chameleons

PO Box 43, Cammeray

Listed September 1981

Koala Deaf Federation for Gays and Lesbians

Box 43, Enmore

Listed July 1989

Konnections Day Centre

034 20 2241

Listed September 1992


Latin American Club

558 6968

Listed October 1992

Lesbian and Gay Anti-violence Project

Set up by GLRL.

Mentioned September 1991

Lesbian and Gay Legal Rights Service

219 5897

Listed October 1992

Lesbian and Gay Solidarity Group

Newtown Neighbourhood Centre

Name change September 1991;

Lesbian and Gay Youth Project

Set up by GLRL

360 6650

Article November 1992

Lesbian Coming Out and Support Group

Box 667, North Sydney

Listed December 1989; new address January 1992

Lesbian Dragonboat Team

Club 77 William Street, East Sydney

Event listed February 1992

Lesbian Ethics Workshop

164 Flood Street, Leichhardt

Started in 1987

Lesbian Line

Everywoman Health Centre

Listed January 1985

Lesbian Network

Box 215, Rozelle

Listed January 1992

Lesbians Everywhere Support Organisation

PO Box 667, North Sydney

Listing November 1985

Lesbians on the Loose

Box 798, Newtown

Article December 1989

Lismore STD/AIDS Service

066 23 1495

Listed August 1991

Living Well Support Groups

c/- ACON

Listed April 1990

Longtime Survivors Group

c/- Matraya

Listed August 1991

Long Yang Club

Box 263, Canberra

Listed September 1989; New address January 1992


Maitraya-Sydney Day Centre

396 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Established November 1987. Listing January 1992

Mature Aged Gay Men

c/- ACON, 188 Goulburn Street

Mentioned July 1991

Metropolitan Community Church

Heffron Hall, D’hurst

Listed December 1989. New premises November 1991.

Metropolitan Community Church of the Good Shepherd

15 Francis Street, East Sydney

Listing February 1988

Mens Coming Out Resource Group

University of Wollongong, Box 1144, Wollongong

Listed June 1992

Mullumbimby AIDS Resource Centre

Box 679, Mullumbimby

Listed December 1989


National Audio Visual Archives (PLWA)

319 1887

Listed December 1992

National Centre in HIV Epidemiology

St Vincents Medical Centre, 376 Victoria Rd, Darlinghurst

Listed September 1990

Newcastle Gay and Lesbian Information Service

PO Box 425, Newcastle

Listed January 1992 check

Newcastle Gay Friendship Network

c/- ACON Hunter

January 1992

Newcastle Gay Support Group

Dance Islington Bowling Club

Listed August 1991

Newcastle Gay Waves

2NUR-FM, PO Box 179 Hamilton

Listed June 1990

Newtown Women’s Centre

523 King Street, Newtown

Listed January 1992. New address Dec 1992

No Frills Newsletter for Women

PO Box 137, Lambton 2305

Listed September 1992

North Coast Positive Time Group

ACON 066 22 1555

Listed January 1991

Northern Rivers Gay News


Listed again June 1988. Gay News June 1990.

Northshore Voltairians

Sportsman’s Bar North Sydney Hotel; PO Box 483, Chatswood

Ad May 1984; New venue January 1992

NUAA (NSW Users and AIDS Associations)

369 3455

Listed June 1990


Our Monument (formerly Gay and Lesbian Holocaust Memorial Project Incorporated)

74 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Listed June 1991. Incorporates Sept 1991

New name listed December 1992

Out and Out

2SER PO Box 123 Broadway

Listed June 1992

Out Journal

Box 786, Darlinghurst

Launched September 26 1990

Out West

283 2599

Listed January 1991


Box 610, Petersham

Listing November 1985

Oz Bears

888 Bourke St, Zetland

First birthday June 1991


Parents and Friends of Gays

905 3418

“Friends” January 1991


Rod 688 1507

Listed May 1991

Penrith Lesbian and Gay Group

047 21 8330

Listed April 1991

People Living with AIDS

283 3220

Listing January 1992


264 8313

Listed February 1990

Pollynesians Social Club

GPO Box 2935

Listed August 1980

Positively Pink List

332 4582

Listed January 1991

Positive Support Group

043 67 7326

Listed May 1992

Powerhouse Social Club

2/11 Edward Street, Ryde

Listed July 1989

Pride Initiative

PO Box 7, Darlinghurst

Listed December 1989


Queer TV

Lobby Centre, 2nd Floor, 74 Oxford Street

Listed November 1990

The Quilt Project

PO Box 350, Darlinghurst

Founded 23 October 1988


Rape Crisis

PO Box 188, Drummoyne

Listed July 1986

Rights for All Male Sex Workers

Box 956, Kings Cross

Listed April 1990

Ringed Men

Box 712, Rozelle

Listed November 1990

Riverina Gay Support and Social Group

Box 516, Wagga

Listed August 1992

Ruffles Newcastle

Morrow Park Bowling Club, Cardiff, Dances

Listed August 1992


Share Accommodation Register


Listed October 1992

Silk Road

188 Goulburn St, Surry Hills

Listed as new group August 1992

Sisters and Brothers of Perpetual Indulgence

Box 426, Grosvenor Place

Listed August 1982. Name change May 1991

Sex Workers Outreach Project

391 Riley Street, Surry Hills

Listed November 1990


Box 281, Balmain

Listed January 1992

Silk Road

Arnel 283 3222

Listed September 1992

Social Committee of Recovering Alcoholics and Addicts (SCRAAGL)

23/1-7 Boronia Street, Redfern

Listed February 1990; new address 1992

Sotticon Social Club (Gay Families)


Listed July 1992

South Asian Lesbians

Box 817, Newtown

Listed June 1990

South East Region HIV/AIDS Support

048 273458


South Pacific Motor Club

888 Bourke Street, Zetland

Formed 1970. Listed June 1980; new venue listed July 1987; new venue November 1987; new venue November 1989

Southern Cross Outdoors Group

PO Box 411 Dee Why

Listed 14 April 1983

South Sydney Women’s Centre

231 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale

Listed again October 1990

SOVA (Survivors of Violence Anonymous)

Lord Dudley Hotel, Paddington

Listed April 1992


740 4398

Listed March 1992

Sydney Asian Lesbians

Box 817, Newtown

Listed January 1992

Sydney Front Runners

Centennial Park, Oxford Street entrance

Mentioned May 1987

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir

Box 668, Crows Nest

Events June 1991

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Association Ltd

Workshop, 15-19 Boundary Street, Rushcutters Bay

Changes to Ltd after March 1990

Sydney Gay Centre

33 Wellington St, Chippendale

Mentioned October 1981

Sydney Gay Community Publishing

1st Fl, 292 Crown Street, Darlinghurst, Suite 21, 94 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Listed January 1989; New address October 1992

Sydney Irish Lesbian Group

550 2168

Listed June 1992

Sydney Rams Bowling League

Rushcutters Bowl

Mentioned January 1984;  moves to Rushcutters July 1987

Sydney Road Runners Motor Cycle Club

Box 405, Alexandria

February 1985. Male and female riders

Sydney Spokes

Brett 398 3082

Mention September 1986

Sydney West Group

02 635 4595

Listing January 1992


Taree Club 2430

Box 934, Taree

Listed September 1992

Team Sydney Inc

Box 1037 Darlinghurst

Listed February 1991

Tiresias House

75 Morgan Street, Petersham

Listed May 1991

Triangles Basketball Club

Kevin 361 0514

May 1985

Tropical Fruits

Daniel 066 841 754; PO Box 771, Lismore

Listing July 1988. New address July 1989

Twenty-Ten  Youth Refuge

PO Box 213, Glebe

Forms March 1982



Box 1098, Rozelle

Listed October 1992


Vengays BGF Benefit Dances

Liverpool Masonic Hall

Listed probably 1991

Volunteer Community Street Patrol

PO Box 57, Darlinghurst

Ad July 1992. See names


Western Way Centre

637 3902

Listed October 1988

Wheels and 4WD Club

Box 333, Bexley

Listed September 1991

Whistle Project

GPO 3716, Sydney

Listed January 1991

Wicked Women

PO Box 305 Redfern, Po Box 1349, Strawberry Hill

Mention April 1988

Wilderness Walks

210 4503

Listed August 1991


88.9 FM

Listed as new June 1988

Wimmin in the Southern Suburbs (WITSS)

Box 106, Punchbowl

Listed January 1989

Witch Theatre

Box 504, Glebe

Listed September 1992

Wollongong Unity

Box 1097, Wollongong

Listed May 1981; new name January 1992;

Wombat Bulletin Board

550 4336

Listed September 1990

Women in the Central Coast Area (WICCA)

043 25 7590

Listed May 1992

Women’s Library

Box 271, Newtown

Listed September 1992

Women’s School of Self Defence

810 6641

Listed September 1992

Women’s Support Group

Newtown Women’s Centre, 523 King Street, Newtown

Listed July 1991, New location January 1992


Young Asians

283 2599

Listing August 1992

Youth Project GLRL

74-78 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Meeting called May 1992

Young Lesbian Support Group/Young Lesbian Group

6600539 (Twenty Ten)

Mention November 1988; New name October 1990

Updated: 13 August 2016 by John Witte using listings and mentions in the Sydney Star Observer and Capital Q. Please advise of omissions and errors.


1992: Venues

Venue Name






 Nightclubs, Bars, Discos

2nd Dimension in Paradise (Regent Hotel)

46 Renwick Street, Redfern (back entrance)


Every Wednesday. Bohemian, Luxurious, Paradise

Men and women. Women March 1992

Opens 23 October 1991.

Club 77

77 William Street, East Sydney


Friday, Saturday nights


Listed February 1992


111 Regent Street, Chippendale


Tuesdays, 9pm – late; Fridays from 24/4/1992.


Commences 8 October 1991


Cnr Crown and Collins Street, Surry Hills

Margaret Hochberger licensee. Mgr David Ashton


Leather, uniform, levi

Ad February 1992. Closes April 1992

DCM (Don’t Cry Mama)

33 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Possibly Tim Berry; Ian Rasmussen manager 1992

Formerly “Formerly Patchs”


Listed May 1990

Dance CC Club (?)

504 – 508 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills




Opening 26 November 1992

Dragtrade (Blackmarket)

111 Regent Street, Chippendale


Every 2nd and 4th Friday


Listed June 1992

Far Pavilion at Medusa

238 Crown Street, Darlinghurst


Reepicheep Productions


Opens 17 December 1992

Zippers Dance Club (Grosvenor Club - Taxi Club)

40 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst


Licensed bar and bistro


Ad June 1984; Ad for Zippers July 1989

Illicit (Blackmarket)

111 Regent Street, Chippendale


Every 2nd Friday


Listed July 1992

Kinselas Monday Club

Taylor Square


Mondays 9pm - late


Ad February 1992

Kinselas Variety

Taylor Square


Wednesdays at 11pm


Opens 12 February 1992

Midnight Factory

Regentrville Rd/Batt St, South Penrtih

Mgt changes January 1992



Ad for Les Girls October 1992

Oblivion (Blackmarket Theatre Restaurant)

111 Regent Street, Chippendale


Every 1st and 3rd Friday


Listed June 1992

Phoenix (Exchange Hotel rear)

Rear entry Norman Street, East Sydney


Includes Artspace. Thursday to Sunday 8pm to late

Men only

Ad June 1992


800 Hunter Street, Newcastle

Craig Truslove



Opens 19 December 1992

Rubies Revised/Rubies

273 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Gina and Maree and Otis owners and managers

11pm – 4am

Mixed on Sundays

Listed 7 December 1991. Not listed October 1992

Screaming Mimi’s

410 King Street, Newcastle

Brian Penfold, manager

12pm – 2am 7 days. Was straight by December 1992


Article July 1992, photo SSO 187,

Site, The/Sight The

171 Victoria Street, Potts Point


Sundays, women only; Every alternate Thursday “female trouble”


First ad in 1991 November;

Squeeze Box

238 Crown Street, Darlinghurst


Limelight Nightclub. Mixed. Thursday 9pm – late.


Ad November 1991

Stan’s Steakhouse

14 Good Street, Granville


Tuesday – Sunday


Listing August 1991. Not listed December 1992

Stronghold (Clock Hotel)

Collins & Crown Streets,  Surry Hills

Manager Tim Vincent



Listing 1 May 1992. Opens 24 April 1992

Whoosh Club/Restaurant

810 Hunter Street, Newcastle




Listing June 1992

Zone at Phoenix Bar

Norman Street, Darlinghurst


Thursdays 9pm to late


Listing December 1992


Albury Hotel

 (Piano Bar)

(Public Bar)

6 Oxford Street, Paddington

Leigh Jennings and Nanette Theakstone

Public bar, piano bar, live entertainment, Cajun restaurant.


From 28 July 1980

Beresford Hotel

354 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst




Listed again January 1991

Carrington Hotel

Bourke & Arthur Streets, Surry Hills


All new, specializing in long lunches and dinners


Ad April 1992

Cricketers Arms Hotel

Botany and Henderson Roads, Alexandria

Margaret and Pam ?managers


Women’s pub

First birthday party November 1988. Not listed December 1992

Exchange Hotel

34 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Dawn O’Donnell, one of the partners; Elizabeth Court licensee 1984; Still licensee 1992

New bar Vault. Blitz women only on Tuesdays. Phoenix 1992


From March 1981.

Flinders Hotel

63 Flinders Street, Surry Hills

Allan Mauricesee, Licensee

Public bar, courtyard with pool table, live entertainment, Wed pool competition.


From August 1980. Changes hands December 1987

Imperial Hotel


35 Erskineville Road Erskineville


Public bar, live entertainment, cabaret room.


Opens 18 July 1986.

Berlin 11 Aug 91.

Leichhardt Hotel

Short/Balmain Roads, Leichhardt


Under new management


Listing October 1992

Midnight Shift Tavern

(Voltage Dance Club)

85 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Licensee Bill Trott

Owner Jim Winslett; Terry Patterson part owner

Downstairs opens as a bar, upstairs restaurant, cocktail bar and disco.


Re-opens as a tavern 25 February 1987. Voltage 27 Aug 1991.

Newtown Hotel  


174 King St, Newtown

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

Two bars, video DJ, varied entertainment


First ad October 1982. Jacks Bar September 1989

Oxford Hotel + Gilligans

134 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Peter Whittle, Licensee

Public bar with DJs, Restaurant upstairs;


Opens July 1982. Gilligans opens April 1988.

Palm Hotel (Scamp’s Hotel)

167 Hume Hwy, Chullora




Listed November 1991

Rex Hotel Kings Cross (Bottoms Up Bar)

Macleay Street, Kings Cross


Public Bar, Bistro and Music


May 1985. Reappears.

Wickham Park Hotel

61 Maitland Road, Islington

Family connections with Mimmi’s (?Penfold)



Opens 11 December 1992

 Male Saunas/Sex on Premises

Bodyline Sauna

58a Flinders Street, Darlinghurst


Craig Weedon part owner, general manager



Article December 1991

Den Club, The

97 Oxford Street


“Men’s Club”


Listed November 1987. New Entrance August 1989. Re-furb Aug 1992.

King Steam/Kings/Kings Steam

First Floor, 46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst


Brand new premises, bigger with better facilities


Re-opens in new location 25 February 1989; New name ?1991.


83 – 85 Anzac Parade, Kensington

Nick Lorschy (prior1987)

Stuart Dick and Shireen Smith representatives of KKK Nov 1992



From 1972. Katacombs May 1982

The Signal behind the Imperial





Opens 17 October 1992


The Bookshop Darlinghurst

207 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Les McDonald;



March 1985; Les crops up in Dec 1990;

The Feminist Bookshop

315 Balmain Road, Lilyfield




Listed March 1990

Updated: 13 August 2016 by John Witte using the Sydney Star Observer and Capital Q. Please report omissions and errors.