Those ticket stubs and more

As you may or may not know, one of the greatest pleasures in my life is to sort things into piles and create lists. Make of that what you will.

So when I recently came across those ticket stubs from the early 70s that I wrote about in one of my posts from Sydney, I got excited because it gave me a reason to create another list!

And here it is. A chronologically ordered list of my Sydney ticket stubs from February 1972 to May 1973 – those crucially important 16 months of my life.

What strikes me is how many dances, parties, new and old films and live theatre, not to forget a Rolling Stones concert, that I actually got to! My new friends, lovers and mentors in Sydney took me under their wing and I saw many things that I would not have seen if it hadn’t been for them.

Thanks to them, I learned so much about how to be a proper homo!

Here’s the key to the ticket stubs:

  • Film – with its year of production
  • Bold – Live Theatre
  • Italics – Dance/Party

BTW, if you’re viewing this table on a mobile device, you’ll have to scroll across.

Feb 19 ’72The Boy Friend (’72)Barclay$1.75
Feb 27Carnal Knowledge (’71)Regent$2
Mar 3Aquarius Dance Jewish HouseSteve Golde
Mar 8Klute (’71)Darion New, Michael and Steven$2
Mar 14Evening Students’ PartyStudent Union Cellar,
U. of Sydney
Mar 21Sunday, Bloody Sunday (’71)Mayfair$1.40
Mar 25CAMP Inc Dance393 Darling St, Balmain
Apr 2X, Y and Zee (Zee & Co.) (’72)Bob Donaugh
Apr 18Love’s Labour’s LostTheatre RoyalAnna Lovett (my landlady), Tony, Alistair
Apr 23The French Connection (’71)PlazaSteve Golde$2.25
Apr 25The Diary of a Mad Housewife (’70)ParamountDave Schofield
May 6Jesus Christ, SuperstarCapitolBarry Prothero
May 9Boys in the Band (’70)ForumChuck Meakin$2
May 27CAMP Inc Dance393 Darling St, BalmainRoger & Paul, Tony, Rex Wright, Chuck Meakin
Jun 23The Last Picture Show (’71)GalaPaul Shaw
July 5The Concert for Bangladesh (’72)Henry Tunbridge & Gaye$1
Jul 8Sydney Gay Liberation Fundraising Dance 393 Darling St, Balmain
Jul 29Marx Bros (’33) + Laurel & Hardy (’32)Student Union Theatre,
U. of Sydney
My pupils from St. Mary’s School
Sep 4City Bus ExcursionCity of Brisbane
Sep 4The Revolutionary Group (Band?)Queensland Uni dancePeter
Sep 22Godspell Dianne Reggett, Jenny, Jan and John
Sep 22Sydney Gay Liberation Fundraising DanceUpper Floor, Manning House,
U. of Sydney
Sep 29Cabaret (’72)MayfairTerry Sanders
Oct 30Ferry from Palm Beach to
Bobbin Head
4th, 5th & 6th Years from St. Mary’s
Nov 11What’s Up Doc? (’72)LyceumTerry Sanders
Dec 9Harold & Maude (’71)Theatre Crow’s NestRobert Tucker$1.60
Dec 15Pub/ClubMidas Club, Parramatta Rd, PetershamTerry, Robert, John
Jan 27 ’73Citizen Kane (’41)Ritz RandwickRobert Tucker
Feb 9Cabaret (again!)MayfairJohn Storey
Feb 26Rolling Stones LiveRandwick RacecourseHenry Tunbridge
Mar 12Borsalino (’70) & The Conformist (’70)Penthouse (?) Robert Tucker$1
Mar 18 The Blue Angel (’30) & Tristana (’70)Mosman ClassicJohn, Terry, Robert & Leigh$2
Mar 30Travels with my Aunt (’72)Bruce Jones$1
Mar 31Harold & Maude (again!)WintergardenBruce Jones$1.70
Apr 15Rail TicketVisiting Bruce’s Nana, Nollie
and Aunt Liz in Leura
in the Blue Mountains
Bruce Jones
Apr 17Rail TicketMy last day teaching at de la Salle School, Marrickville
Apr 26Two Gentlemen of VeronaHer Majesty’s, MelbourneMichael Sullivan & Bernadette
Apr 27Gay Lib Dance, “Gender Confusion”In MelbourneWith Melbourne Gay Libbers
May 5Sydney Gay Lib DancePaddo Town Hall“Everyone was there!” My last night in Sydney

What’s next?

Want to know what’s next now that I’ve fully covered my Sydney experiences, past and present?

Because of all my experiences sorting and donating my old queer archives and other bits and pieces to various institutions and independent queer archives in different cities around the world, many questions have arisen in my head which I’d like to tackle and get your thoughts on. Therefore I want to examine questions like:

Where do queer/trans archives belong and how should they be handled?

  • Who is best able to care for them, promote them, update them and make them available?
    • Independent/community-based archives or large, publicly-funded institutions?
  • Are archives better kept locally or centralized in the capital cities?
  • Should archives be digitized or kept as hard copies?
  • Are the archives mainly for academic researchers or should they be more broadly accessible?
  • As for individuals’ collections:
    • Should an individual’s archives be kept all in one place as a “Collection” or spread out across different archives?
    • Should an individual’s queer and non-queer archives be kept in the same place or kept separate?
    • What counts as queer anyway?
  • How do we ensure that diverse communities are engaged and feel safe with queer/trans archiving collections to guarantee that collections are broadened beyond older, white, cisgender gay men’s collections like mine!

I’ll tell you my thoughts next time. Can’t wait, eh?

In the meantime, here’s one final glance at those tickets.

12 thoughts on “Those ticket stubs and more

    1. Gregg Blachford says:

      Thanks, Julian. Yes, lots of wonderful memories of the joyous Barry in Sydney as well as in London during the 70s and 80s. Then we lost him in 1996 to HIV/AIDS, as we lost so many of our generation.

    1. Gregg Blachford says:

      Yes, we all tended to go to roughly the same films during those early days; there were just so few with any homo elements in them at all that we had to grab what we could.

  1. Barb says:

    I didn’t know you saw the Rolling Stones live! That’s an impressive list of performances/films. Well done, Gregg.

  2. jeffreyweeksjeffreyweekscouk says:

    I saw many of the same things at the same time, but in London. Building a transnational sense of identity and community.

    1. Gregg Blachford says:

      You’re right, Jeffrey. Thanks. I also remember checking out the audiences at those events wondering who else might be “like me” and part of my community. As we’ve also said, there just weren’t that many gay/lesbian things for us to go to them and we’d grab at anything.

  3. Brock Cummings says:

    My initial thought, Gregg, is that your colourful, ripped stubs need some kind of artistic treatment – which would be challenging, considering your notes on the backs are as integral to the memories as the tickets themselves. My creative mind is blank.

    You pose interesting questions about gay archives. I have my own gay archive of sorts. It’s a literal fishbowl with hundreds of names and phone numbers on slips of paper from before we had email addresses and before local area codes were necessary. Every once in a while I sift through them. Some have notes about when and where I got them, most don’t. I have no recollection of who these men are.

    My question is, what to do with them? They can’t just be tossed. The fishbowl is a symbol of my youth. It represents years of gay life. It’s a souvenir and an artifact. But also, it’s meaningless to everyone but me.

    So I’m looking forward to your thoughts on handling gay archives.

    1. Gregg Blachford says:

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Brock. I think you could say that what the Australian Queer Archives did with my ticket stubs in that display of them at that “Party” exhibition in Sydney could count as an “artistic treatment”. Something I would never have thought of myself.

      I have to challenge you on your statement that those hundreds of slips of paper of yours are meaningless to everyone but you. Not true. There are certainly stories to be told that would get my attention! Even just photographs of the slips (and that fishbowl!) tell a story of those days, even if you don’t remember details. I do remember you commenting on my post “Gay Sex in the 70s: My Story”. You could probably do/write something similar with your bits and pieces!

  4. Pierre Dalpé says:

    This is great Gregg! So impressed with how organized you were in terms of preserving all of this. Like others have mentioned, I have an archive of objects myself – aside from my photographic archive. You’re inspiring me to get these archives in order.

    1. Gregg Blachford says:

      Thanks, Pierre. As for your own non-photographic objects, I’m curious as to what they are. I’ll look forward to seeing them whenever you get them in order and ready to be displayed.

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