In the 1950-70's, the Camp world staked out a handful of pubs in the city, Paddington and Kings Cross which tolerated or catered for Camps in otherwise straight venues.

They ranged from the regular to piss elegant to the rough...

Barry Power remembers the Montgomery Hotel.

 

In some workplaces the sheer numbers of camps, gays and lesbians, provided a supportive environment to be openly gay.

Barry Power first encountered a camp work environment working on ships.

 

Inspired by the US phenomena of huge themed dance parties, private entrepreneurs and Sydney's Gay Mardi Gras saw the potential to bring the community together.

Barry Power overhears a conversation.

 

The Gay Solidarity Group organised the 1979 and 1980 Mardi Gras Parades.

 Barry Power was roped in by his work mate,Lance Gowland to help in 1979 and in 1980.

 

Attempts were made to build the parade by involving commercial gay venues and community groups.

Barry Power talks about the politics involved in 1980 (sic “1979”).

 

 

 

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060926 BP

 

Power, Barry

 

Date of interview26 September 2006

 

Access: No special conditions

 

Barry talks about: Communist Party of Australia; Lance Gowland; Gay Solidarity Group; Albury Hotel; Lee Jennings; Stonewall; Barrel Inn; Feminists; Bruce Belcher; Mardi Gras; Float; Task Group; Drag; Paddington Town Hall; Phone taps; Sydney Markets; Police; The Star; Michael Glynn; National Homosexual Conference; Anti-homosexual laws; Sydney City Council; Sydney Square; Anglican Church; Brian McGahen; Sleaze Party; Showground; Dawn O’Donnell; Gay Community Centre; Brian McGahen; Pride Centre; AIDS; Neville Wran;

 

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061117 BP

 

Power, Barry

 

Date of interview17 November 2006

 

Access: No special conditions

 

Barry talks about: Merchant Navy; Montgomery Hotel; Socialist Party of Australia; Woolloomooloo; Pyrmont; Balmain; White Bay; Navy Docks; Rex Hotel; Beef Steakhouse; Rock and Roll Hotel; Pyrmont Hotel; Welcome Inn;

 

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