I have never thought of Carlton having much relevance to gay Melbourne so I was surprised to learn of its gay history during the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives annual walk, this year around Carlton. The walk was supposed to be an hour and a half, but stretched out to nearly three hours.
We started at the Royal Exhibition Buildings where the was a hotrod display happening, both inside and outside the building. Forty odd poofs and dykes mixing with hotrodders seemed somehow inappropriate. The Exhibition Building has a history of connection with the gay and lesbian community (I hate that last phrase), as does the Carlton Gardens where the Exhibition Buildings are located.
We moved in westerly direction and I not going to retell the walk, but here is where we stopped along the way.
Stop 1 Kangaroo Fountain
Stop 2 Exhibition Buildings
Stop 3 Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (Rathdowne St)
Stop 4 Society Five (Queensberry St)
Stop 5 Australian Union of Students (Drummond St)
Stop 6 Christ's Community Church (Queensberry St)
Stop 7 Dover Hotel and Trades Hall (Lygon St)
Stop 8 Draculas, aka Cactus Club and Vegas and Open Leaves Bookshop (Cardigan St)
Stop 9 Pissoir (Queensberry St)
Stop 10 Bouverie Theatre and Social Biology Resources Centre (Bouverie St)
Stop 11 Anglers Club (Queensberry St)
Stop 12 University of Melbourne Law School (Pelham St), Graduate House (Leicester St)
Cyril's Tearooms, Cheeks and Gresham Hotel (Elizabeth St)
Stop 13 University of Melbourne (University Square).
All of the above have some connection to the gay and lesbian history of Melbourne.