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Murray McLachlan interviewed by James Waites in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5216554
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
McLachlan, Murray, 1954-, Interviewee
 
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Description 2011 
3 sound files (ca. 295 min.) 
Series

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras oral history project.

Summary

Murray McLachlan talks about his official connections to Mardi Gras (MG); serving on the committee and his presidency at MG; his family; his childhood; his schooling and education; his career as a teacher; his first participation in Parade; the history of Cronulla Gay Group (CGG); his relationships; his involvement in building MG floats; the impact and his interest in music; club culture; gender representation and the leadership of MG Committee; moving the dates from winter to summer; the meeting at Unicorn Hotel, Paddington; leadership changes; the impact of the AIDS epidemic on MG; MG’s relationship with the NSW Police Force; the Oxford Street party culture; history of drugs in Sydney; MG Party and Sleaze Ball; Annual General Meetings at MG; his role in outreaching to women; story of the name change from Mardi Gras to Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Inc.; parades during his presidency; his favourite floats; crowd numbers; media; volunteers and paid staff; MG income and expenditure; safe-sex message; Chain Reaction; first female president Cath Phillips; Annual General Meeting (AGM) introduced; Australia's Bicentenary celebrations, 1988; Committee and Workshop; Reverend Fred Nile; how MG changed his life; the collapse of MG in 2002; Membership and New Constitution; current leadership from AIDS Council of NSW (ACON); employment in Gosford; MG’s long term role.

Notes

Recorded on 21 and 28 May, 9 July 2011 in Sydney, N.S.W.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (13 p.) 
Subjects McLachlan, Murray, 1954- -- interviews.  |  Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras -- History.  |  Teachers -- New South Wales -- Interviews.  |  Executives -- New South Wales -- Interviews.
Occupation Teachers.  |  Executives.
Other authors/contributors Waites, James, 1955-2014, Interviewer

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