LGBTIQA+ Heritage Study

The City of Yarra in Melbourne has a thriving and diverse LGBTIQA+ community.

The City of Yarra has long been home to numerous LGBTIQA+ businesses, spaces and events which have contributed to strong connections and associations within the LGBTIQA+ communities—connections which are living and evolving.  

In 2023 Yarra City Council engaged GML and subconsultants Way Back When historians to undertake a heritage study of places and objects of significance to LGBTIQA+ communities in the City of Yarra.  

GML undertook a rigorous analysis, including targeted historical research and community consultation, to identify a comprehensive list of potential places of significance.  

GML’s report outlined recommendations and opportunities to best protect the places and objects identified in the comprehensive list through both statutory and non-statutory mechanisms to celebrate and promote the tangible and intangible LGBTIQA+ heritage values within Yarra.  

GML is currently undertaking Part 2 of the study, which involves detailed heritage assessments of places against the Victorian Government’s criteria for heritage protection.

Learn more about the project on the City of Yarra website.

St Marks Church, Fitzroy.

The Sir Robert Peel Hotel, Collingwood.