In the 1950-70's, the Camp world staked out a handful of pubs in the city, Paddington and Kings Cross which tolerated or catered for Camps in otherwise straight venues.

They ranged from the regular to piss elegant...

Rae Morris remembers the Sussex and Pfharlets hotel.


The early 1960's was the watershed moment for drag performance in Sydney.

The Trolley Car - remembered by Rae Morris, and Kandy’s Garden of Eden in Enmore were places to watch drag and meet up with friends and strangers.


Formed around 1963, this group broke the house party model of the day, and organised camp social events focused on drag and fun.

Rae Morris remembers Diggers Hall in Glebe.




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081204 RM


Morris, Rae


Date of interview4th December 2008


Access: No special conditions


Rae talks about: Sussex Hotel; Pfahlerts Hotel; Chameleons; Chequers; Purple Onion; Dawn O’Donnell; Trolley Car; Chameleons; Diggers Hall; Roller Derby; Hockey; Kandy’s Park Inn Hotel; Woollahra; Julia Farmer; Pollynesians; Erskineville Park; Cammeray; Donnie Smith; HIV/AIDS; Lesbian feminism; Ruby’s; Drugs; Gay and Lesbian Police Liaison Officers; Butch; Femme; Cricketer’s Arms;



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