Ron Austin was an active member of Campaign Against Moral Persecution (CAMP) in the 1970s. In 1978, his idea to stage a street party along Oxford Street that celebrated gay and lesbian life became the first Mardi Gras.

 


 

Activists dreamed up the idea of a street party in Oxford Street to engage “apolitical” gays in the bars. Police violence on the night to break up the street party, changed the history of Sydney’s lesbian and gay community.

Ron Austin explains the logic of a “street party”. 

 

 

 

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2006.02.013

 

Austin, Ron

 

Date of interview16th Dec 1995

 

Access: No special conditions

 

Ron talks about: Mardi Gras; CAMP; John Ware; Christabel Poll; Marg McGann; 33A Glebe Point Road; Oxford Street; Ken Davis; Lance Gowland; film festival; gay liberation; Word is Out

 

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Interview #2 is a broader interview covering Ron’s life. 

 

 

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041216 RA

 

Austin, Ron

 

 Date of interview16th Dec 2004

 

 Access: No special conditions

 

 Ron talks about: Beats; agent provocateur; Sydney morning herald; CAMP; Lex Watson; Dennis Altman; Darling Street; Michael Clohesy; Peter Bonsall-Boone; EducationThrough Art Movement; Commission into Human Relations; Marg McGann; Mardi Gras

 

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Interview #3 is a video interview.

 

 

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090706 RA

 

Austin, Ron

 

 Date of interview6th July 2009

 

 Access: No special conditions

 

 Ron talks about: CAMP; Balmain;

 

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