Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives


The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA) collection is the largest repository of historical materials about LGBTIQ experience in Australia. Established in 1978, the Archives is a predominantly volunteer-run, community-based organisation.

The Archives’ Reading Room is currently co-located within Thorne Harbour Health (formerly Victorian AIDS Council) in Melbourne. Access is by appointment.

What we do

  • We preserve historical materials and make them accessible to students, historians and anyone else who is interested. Please note visits to the Archives must be made by appointment by emailing us. Please allow at least two weeks notice
  • We publish books and other materials on LGBTIQ  histories.
  • We auspice the Australian Homosexual Histories conference series.
  • We run a Queer History Walk during Melbourne’s annual Midsumma gay and lesbian festival.
  • We award a prize for undergraduate theses deposited with the Archives.
  • We manage an e-group, ozhomohist, for posting news items on issues and events about Australia’s LGBTIQ histories.
  • We give in-kind support to non-profit projects that have similar or parallel aims to ours.

It is possible to become a member and support the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives. The annual membership fee is only A$20.00 (standard rate), or A$5.00 for students and social security recipients.

We are registered as: Not-for-profit.

More details

LGBTIQ Owned and Operated: Yes
Service Delivery Format:
  • - Face-to-face
  • - Website
Service Delivery Location:
  • - All of Victoria
  • - Melbourne CBD

Cost: Free
Opening Times: By appointment only.


Wheel Chair accessible

How to contact us

Email Address:

Social media:

Victoria 3052

No physical address.