As well as digging through Trove for stories from the colonial era, I had the pleasure of talking to some of the older members of our community and mining their memories for stories of Ballarat during the 80s and 90s. The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives and Ballarat Community Health provided further material, especially from the 90s onward.
There’s very little queer history looking at regional and rural areas, and the later colonial period (which we focused on in our walking tour) is also under-represented in queer Australian history. It was fantastic to be able to fill some of these gaps, and I have high hopes of filling even more with further articles on topics that came up during my research.
We Have Always Been Here
Ballarat queer history display in the form of six pull-up banners.
Ballarat Queer History Tour
A guided walking tour of Ballarat’s queer history during the gold rush era (1850-1900), presented as part of Ballarat Heritage Weekend by Alex Bayley and Tom Hodgson.
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