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Sydney Gay & Lesbian History Walk

- WALK TWO -
Kings Cross and Paddington

WALK TWO - Part One - 15:26 minutes

El Alamein Fountain, Kings Cross
* El Alamein Fountain, flats in Kings Cross in the 1920s and the rise of a bohemian and homosexual subculture

* Camp party hostess Rose in Kings Cross, 1940s

* Kings Cross' annual Artists Ball with extract from John Rose's novel "Up the Cross" describing a police raid on a similar 1940s camp ball

* Some other camp venues in Kings Cross 1960s and 1970s

* The six o'clock swill and police surveillance at the Rex Hotel, 1950s - 1970s

* Gay venues Costello's Bar and the Barrel Inn, 1970s.
WALK TWO - Part Two - 14:19 minutes

Police arrests at the 1978 Mardi Gras
* Les Girls cabaret venue 1960s - 1990s

* Queen's Cross / Kings Cross name change, 1901

* Personal testimonies of 1978 Gay Mardi Gras, police arrests and beginnings of modern Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras
WALK TWO - Part Three - 14:19 minutes

Paddington
* Green Park's 'Wedding Chapel'

* Mother Abbyss gives blessing at the site of the 'Wedding Chapel'

* 'The Wall' in Darlinghurst Road as a cruising area 1960s - 1980s

* The Aquarius Club, early 1970s, gay club held in the Jewish Community Hall, extract from journalist John Edwards in "Nation", 1970

* Paddington Town Hall 1970s - 1980s

* Paddington gentrification

* Enzo's Wine Bar and the Apollo Bar, Paddington, 1970s

* Chez Ivy's Bondi Junction, drag venue 1970s

* The Rave Room, women's club in Bondi Junction, 1970






HOME

WALK ONE

WALK THREE

MORE HISTORICAL IMAGES

1971 CAMP SCENE - FROM "GO-SET"

LINKS

MELBOURNE LESBIAN & GAY HISTORY SERIES

 

The Bob Hay Sydney Gay History Home Page
This is the webpage mentioned in the series. It brings some of the stories to life in more detail. There are also maps of central Sydney which shows some of the sites mentioned.

Australian Lesbian & Gay Archives

Email Barry McKay - the producer of the series


'Police arrests at 1978 Mardi Gras' image is taken from "Street Scene: A History of Oxford Street"
by Clive Faro and Garry Wotherspoon, Melbourne University Press