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Celebrating the history of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, a regular fixture on Sydney's calendar since 1978.
An interview about the first Gay Mardi Gras, held in Sydney in 1978. From the ABC 702 Sydney website: http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2012/03/27/3464465.htm

An interview about the first Gay Mardi Gras, held in Sydney in 1978. From the ABC 702 Sydney website: http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2012/03/27/3464465.htm

Michael O’Halloran wearing a costume by Ron Muncaster, winner of the 1984 best costume competition, Sydney Gay Mardi Gras Parade, 1984 Photograph by Jenny Templin Reproduced with permission of Jenny Templin

Michael O’Halloran wearing a costume by Ron Muncaster, winner of the 1984 best costume competition, Sydney Gay Mardi Gras Parade, 1984 Photograph by Jenny Templin Reproduced with permission of Jenny Templin

DIY rainbow crossing was a protest movement that emerged in Sydney in 2013. The temporary crossing was created by the City of Sydney as part of the 35th anniversary celebration of the Sydney Mardi Gras. When the crossing was to be removed, the community protests and an internet activism campaign emerged.

DIY rainbow crossing was a protest movement that emerged in Sydney in 2013. The temporary crossing was created by the City of Sydney as part of the 35th anniversary celebration of the Sydney Mardi Gras. When the crossing was to be removed, the community protests and an internet activism campaign emerged.

The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA) collects and preserves lesbian and gay material from across the country, and makes it readily accessible.

The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA) collects and preserves lesbian and gay material from across the country, and makes it readily accessible.

The Dictionary of Sydney's history of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. http://www.dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/gay_and_lesbian_mardi_gras

The Dictionary of Sydney's history of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. http://www.dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/gay_and_lesbian_mardi_gras

Queer Screen Mardi Gras FIlm Festival, 2014: http://queerscreen.org.au/mgff/

Queer Screen Mardi Gras FIlm Festival, 2014: http://queerscreen.org.au/mgff/

This t-shirt from 1983 is on display in the Amaze Gallery at the State Library of New South Wales. From: Selection of official Mardi Gras t-shirts from Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983–1991 MLMSS 5977 / Box 30. http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=35432&dcl=519986

This t-shirt from 1983 is on display in the Amaze Gallery at the State Library of New South Wales. From: Selection of official Mardi Gras t-shirts from Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983–1991 MLMSS 5977 / Box 30. http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=35432&dcl=519986

Download a Sydney gay and lesbian history walk!

Download a Sydney gay and lesbian history walk!

Sydney's Pride History Group 100 Voices project documents stories of gay and lesbian Sydneysiders.

Sydney's Pride History Group 100 Voices project documents stories of gay and lesbian Sydneysiders.

Discover more about the fabulous collection of records relating to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras at the State Library of New South Wales (MLMSS 5977): http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=35432&dcl=519950

Discover more about the fabulous collection of records relating to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras at the State Library of New South Wales (MLMSS 5977): http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=35432&dcl=519950

William Yang's iconic image of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=96066

William Yang's iconic image of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=96066


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William Yang's iconic image of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=96066

William Yang's iconic image of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=96066

Mona Vale Library, 1978.

Originally part of Warringah Shire Council, Mona Vale library opened in

The Albert Namatjira room is a hidden treasure at Mona Vale Bowling Club!  The club is a significant part of our local history due to it's social significance being in operation since 1954 and it's association with Albert Namatjira and Aboriginal culture.  The room is open to the general public as part of the Guringai Festival on Thursdays until 9 July 2015 between 1 and 3pm.

The Albert Namatjira room is a hidden treasure at Mona Vale Bowling Club! The club is a significant part of our local history due to it's social significance being in operation since 1954 and it's association with Albert Namatjira and Aboriginal culture. The room is open to the general public as part of the Guringai Festival on Thursdays until 9 July 2015 between 1 and 3pm.

We have a selection of Local History books for sale. Great stocking fillers!

We have a selection of Local History books for sale. Great stocking fillers!

Volunteers met for the End of Term Presidential Harvest, an effort to archive pages on federal websites that may be at risk of disappearing.

Harvesting Government History, One Web Page at a Time

Volunteers met for the End of Term Presidential Harvest, an effort to archive pages on federal websites that may be at risk of disappearing.

A Brief History of American Bookmobiles...in Pictures [Bookriot] |

A Brief History of American Bookmobiles...in Pictures [Bookriot]

A Brief History of American Bookmobiles...in Pictures [Bookriot] |

Harold Salvage sunbaking, 1937. This was Max Dupain's preferred version of "The Sunbaker" with his hands clasped. The better known version has his right hand extended in the sand. PXA 1951/19 http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=1036947

Harold Salvage sunbaking, 1937. This was Max Dupain's preferred version of "The Sunbaker" with his hands clasped. The better known version has his right hand extended in the sand. PXA 1951/19 http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=1036947

In commemoration of Anzac Day we are displaying a small exhibition focusing on some of the Australian soldiers who served in WWI who were born locally or moved to the Northern Beaches as returned servicemen.  Come and have a look at the exhibition along the Library ramp over the next two weeks.

In commemoration of Anzac Day we are displaying a small exhibition focusing on some of the Australian soldiers who served in WWI who were born locally or moved to the Northern Beaches as returned servicemen. Come and have a look at the exhibition along the Library ramp over the next two weeks.

Caked in dust and dating back to 1674, the written records of a growing city are headed to new homes, to be preserved and made accessible to researchers.

Centuries of New York History Prepare for a Move

Caked in dust and dating back to 1674, the written records of a growing city are headed to new homes, to be preserved and made accessible to researchers.

WORLD WAR I SILK POSTCARDS  Over 10 million silk postcards were produced and sent from the front during WWI, and over a century later many still are as vibrant as they were then.  Hear local history enthusiast and collector Collette Searl speak about her vast collection of WWI silk postcards. Tuesday 26 April 2016 2 to 3pm

WORLD WAR I SILK POSTCARDS Over 10 million silk postcards were produced and sent from the front during WWI, and over a century later many still are as vibrant as they were then. Hear local history enthusiast and collector Collette Searl speak about her vast collection of WWI silk postcards. Tuesday 26 April 2016 2 to 3pm

Below is a recent acquisition for our Local History collection.  'Three bathing beauties at Bayview'  This is one of the great photos kindly donated by Les Moule.  The photo shows his sisters at Bayview circa 1960. We always appreciate any copies of historical photos of the local area which we can add to our collection!

Below is a recent acquisition for our Local History collection. 'Three bathing beauties at Bayview' This is one of the great photos kindly donated by Les Moule. The photo shows his sisters at Bayview circa 1960. We always appreciate any copies of historical photos of the local area which we can add to our collection!