Mr. Australian Drummer [Edit]

The Mr. Australia Drummer competition was an annual leather competition held in Australia from 1990 until 1992.


The inaugural Mr. Australia Drummer competition was hosted at Yarralumla Woolshed in Canberra ACT on 19 May 1990. Intended as a national leather title, the event pitched state titleholders against one another, and served as a stepping-stone to the annual Drummer competition. Competitors were judged in several stages, including an interview, on-stage opening comments, jockstrap (minimal), and discussion of fantasies. Stage presence and presentation were considered throughout the competition. A companion title, “Australian Drummerboy”, was also contested and awarded at the same event in 1991 & 1992.

The competition was short-lived, with titles being awarded in 1990, 1991, and 1992. The 1993 competition was cancelled unexpectedly, prompting state organisations to redevelop their own competitions.


1990 – Clive Platman (Melbourne). Platman was awarded the 1990 Australian Drummer title. He went on to win International Mr. Drummer in San Francisco the same year. His partner, at the time,  John Siracusa, won “International Drummer Boy”. This year was the first time that the Drummer competition went international, and it was thus fitting that the first winner of the new title was not from the USA.

1991 – Kevin Jackson. Jackson subsequently won the South Pacific Drummer title and came second runner up in the  International Mr. Drummer 1992 competition. He was accompanied to the International event by Steven Andrews, “Australian Drummer Boy 1992”.

Cover of Drummer, n.146 (1991), featuring Mr. Australia Drummer 1990 Clive Platman with the Australian Leather Pride Flag. Courtesy of the Australian Queer Archives.