Blue cardboard membership card consisting of one piece of cardboard folded in half. On the front it states that it is a 1970 Membership Card for The Musicians' Union, Central London Branch. Lindsay paid 3/6d for the quarter to the 28th March. Lindsay Motherwell was a drummer in various jazz bands, who travelled Africa before marrying in London and migrating back to Australia.
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.
Blue cardboard membership card consisting of one piece of cardboard folded in half. A blue cardboard booklet/membership card consisting of one piece of cardboard folded in half.
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.
MOTHERWELL, L. 34525 - 3 / 6 d.
Type of item
Overall Dimensions - Closed
80 mm (Width), 127 mm (Height)
Overall Dimensions - Open
159 mm (Width), 127 mm (Height)