In plain sight

Tue Nov 21 2023 at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

State Library of South Australia, Hetzel Lecture Theatre | Adelaide

State Library of South Australia
Publisher/HostState Library of South Australia
In plain sight
Twentieth century LGBTQ+ writers in our collections
About this Event

Recently one of our long-term volunteers made some unusual discoveries. These revealed that the old Adelaide Circulating Library shelves contained a selection of LGBTQ+ literature from the 1950s.

This was unusual for the era. It indicates a determined refusal to censor on the part of Adelaide’s post-war librarians.

In 1931 an Adelaide court case involving charges of gross indecency made headlines. The result was a sentence of five years with hard labour for politician, café owner and hotelier Bert Edwards.

Meanwhile LGBTQ+ writers continued to explore connection, relationships, and a sense of place. Regardless of how readers identify, these mid-twentieth century writers are well worth revisiting.

Image: Bert Edwards Tea Rooms, Compton Street, Adelaide, 1912, Francis Gabriel, SLSA B 1831


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

State Library of South Australia, Hetzel Lecture Theatre, North Terrace, Adelaide, Australia


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