The spectre of the thing: The construction of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Holocaust memorial

Authors

Martin Kerby

Malcom Bywaters

Margaret Baguley

Abstract

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Holocaust Memorial is situated on the western side of Green Park in Darlinghurst, in Sydney, Australia. Darlinghurst is considered the heart of Sydney's gay and lesbian population, having been the site of demonstrations, public meetings, Gay Fair Days, and the starting point for the AIDS Memorial Candlelight Rally.  It is also very close to both the Sydney Jewish Museum and the Jewish War Memorial.  The planning and construction of the Memorial between 1991 and 2001 was a process framed by two competing imperatives. Balancing the commemoration of a subset of victims of the Holocaust with a positioning of the event as a universal symbol of the continuing persecution of gays and lesbians was a challenge that came to define the ten year struggle to have the memorial built.

Keywords

Aesthetics, Gay and Lesbian activism, Holocaust memorials, Monuments, Queer memorialisation

How to Cite:

Kerby, M., Bywaters, M., & Baguley, M.  (2021). The spectre of the thing: The construction of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Holocaust memorial, Historical Encounters, 8(3), 27-40. https://doi.org/10.52289/hej8.303

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  • Published 22 December 2021

  • Double Blind Peer Reviewed

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