Thursday, January 31, 2008
Society Five and Anglers Club
The top picture is where Society Five used to meet. In (70's?) Sydney an organisation was formed to lobby for gay rights called C.A.M.P. Other chapters were spread around the country but calling it CAMP in Melbourne was thought to be too provocative. So they used the name Society Five. Five laws being targeted for removal from the statute books. This is where they used to meet at 21 Queensberry St, Carlton. There was a fire and the premises badly damaged, so they then moved into the city. One day there will be a plaque in front of the building.
Now known as Dream nightclub, this building was originally the Anglers Club, yes a group meeting place for fisher folk. It was not the first time an angling club let out their premises to a gay organisation, nor the last. It has been at various times, Hellfire Club, venue for the Barramundi Ball, Breakfast Club and Psychic Harmony. Many one off gay nights were held here too. It is located at 229 Queensberry Street.