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Picture of Kamp Melbourne in the 1920s and '30s

Kamp Melbourne in the 1920s and '30s

Trade, Queans and Inverts

Author(s): Wayne Murdoch

Book Description

Melbourne in the 1920s and ’30s had a reputation as a staid and provincial city, a respectable, Sabbath-observing town, a metropolis of quiet suburban lives. There were, however, those who did not conform to society’s rules; among them homosexual men. The members of this hidden and persecuted group formed a subculture of friendship groups, meeting places, secret signs and words which allowed them to live their lives against a backdrop of legal, social, and moral restrictions. This book is an investigation of this subculture and those men who lived within it.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7904-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-7904-5
Date of Publication: 01/09/2017
Pages / Size: 240 / A5
Price: £61.99


Wayne Murdoch lives and breathes Australian social history. He became involved with the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives after moving to Melbourne for postgraduate study in the 1980s, which fostered his interest in the homosexual history of his adopted city.