Cultural Advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that the ARI Remix Project contains images, voices or names of deceased persons in websites, photographs, film, audio recordings or printed materials.

AQuA : Australian Queer Archives (AQuA)

The Australian Queer Archives (AQuA) collects, preserves and celebrates material from the lives and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer, Brotherboy and Sistergirl (LGBTIQ+) Australians.

Established in 1978, we hold the pre-eminent research collection for LGBTIQ+ histories in Australia. We are a volunteer-run, non-profit, community-based incorporated association. We are located in Melbourne, Australia and are assisted by members and supporters around Australia and the world.

We have the world’s largest and most significant archives of historical Australian LGBTIQ+ material as well as Australia’s largest international LGBTIQ+ collection, comprising:

The works of writers, artists, photographers, and performers
The papers of significant LGBTIQ+ Australians
The records of community organizations
Material culture and ephemera, including posters, flyers, badges, matchbooks , objects from bars, other venues and events
We make the collection accessible to researchers, cultural institutions and all others wanting to learn more about the LGBTIQ+ communities.

To share and celebrate our histories we:

Publish books and other materials
Support conferences, public talks and seminars
Produce exhibitions and contribute/loan material to other exhibitions
Run a Queer History Walk during Melbourne’s Midsumma festival
Award a prize for honours theses in LGBTIQ+ studies deposited with us
Give in-kind support to non-profit projects with similar or parallel aims to ours.
The collection preserves the stories of LGBTIQ+ lives and those of our lovers, friends and community and of the individuals who form it.

Acknowledgment of Country

We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung as Traditional Custodians of the land where our collection is kept. We pay respect to Elders past and present and to all First Nations people across this land.