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Ron Smith interviewed by James Waites in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5716565
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Smith, Ron, 1951-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
4 sound files (ca. 354 min.) 
Series

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras oral history project.

Summary

Ron Smith talks about key associations with Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras (MG); 1970's 'acid' (LSD) culture; MG workshops, Peter Tully; James Mollison, National Gallery of Australia; his mother's creative influence; family background; schooling; living conditions; art school; Bert Flugelman; a community cultural development project, an important theme in his life; influential exhibitions at Art Gallery of NSW (1967?); attending National Art School (East Sydney Technical College), life drawing; Kim Hilder's Art School Film Club; David Humphries; Christo; functioning of the early Parades; committee's initial lack of interest in the Mardi Gras Workshop until later; police and roads authority; venue The Roxy - for living, creating and partying, shop downstairs; Romy Hart; theatre productions, band playing in shop window; papier-mache stage; Silvia & the Synthetics; the Purple Onion; homosexuality legalised (1984); Wendy Bacon; Neville Wran; communists; Land Rights protests; the Riley Street house, availability of drugs; Ellis D. Fogg; Taylor Square; sleeping in Centennial Park, night people; attending public demonstrations; (Kings) Cross; Gay Rights; the Punk scene and the Punk-Queer-Glam scene; the first Mardi Gras Parade (1978); Campaign Against Moral Persecution (CAMP), Gay Lib(eration).

Smith discusses the arrival of AIDS and the role of MG in combating public's fear of AIDS; Aids Council of N.S.W. (ACON), funded by Mardi Gras; an Australia Council grant to Peter Tully; working with David Humphries in Haymarket; taking part in Mardi Gras Workshop between 1983-88 and later; working on (1981-2?) Sydney Festival and murals in old (Paddy's) market building; his costume creations; volunteers; the discussions to cancel 1985 Parade due to AIDS scare; Sleaze Ball (1986); Mardi Gras has an Executive Director (1987) for the first time; Doris Fish; the Bicentennial year (1988); the evolving Mardi Gras, crowds; his workload; David McDiarmid; bureaucracy; Cath Phillips; (Christian) Festival of Light, Fred Nile; Mardi Gras Board; MG bankruptcy (2002); not seeing the Parade for many years, but has noticed many of the old skills had been passed on, community group involvement; the emphasis nowadays, on Gay marriage.

Notes

Recorded on 6 and 10 September 2011 in Woonona, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (15 p.) 
Subjects Smith, Ron, 1951- -- Interviews.  |  Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras -- History.  |  Artists -- New South Wales -- Interviews.  |  Festivals -- New South Wales -- Sydney.  |  Parades -- New South Wales -- Sydney.
Other authors/contributors Waites, James, 1955-2014, Interviewer

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