A letter from Sylvia Boyes to her employer, whom she refers to as 'Madam'. She gives one month's notice that she is leaving on the last day of August. She subsequently left the country in September 1969.
Sylvia Boyes (a South African-born orphan) and Lindsay Motherwell (a Melbourne-born drummer) met in Cape Town, South Africa in 1967 through their theatre connections. They fell in love but due to apartheid laws were forced to leave South Africa to marry in London. They subsequently relocated permanently to Melbourne in 1970.
Statement of Historical Significance:
This collection provides a significant opportunity to represent political and personal freedom as a motivation for migrating to Australia within the international context of both apartheid in South Africa and the end of the White Australia policy in Australia. The personal narrative is well documented and the objects provide a material way to follow the lives of both Lindsay and Sylvia, both separately and where they coincide in South Africa and onwards together to Melbourne. While this is ultimately a love story, it plays out through the collection against the backdrop of apartheid South Africa, sixties London and an increasingly multicultural Australia.
31st July, 1969. Dear Madam; I want you to know that I'm giving you a month's notice and leaving on the last day of August. Yours respectfully, Sylvia.
Type of item
254 mm (Length), 159 mm (Width)