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.