Receipt from the Sitmar Line company for a payment of three hundred and sixty pounds and seventeen shillings for a ship ticket to Melbourne for Sylvia Boyes and lindsay Motherwell, departing 20 April 1970. It gives booking details, including the berth they had reserved. Lindsay and Sylvia met in South Africa, married in London and then relocated to Australia to start their lives together.

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.

Physical Description

Receipt with payment received from 'M Boyes' on the 17 Mar 1970, as a deposit of passage money on behalf of Mr & Mrs L. Motherwell. The details of the ticket are from Soton (Southampton) to Melbourne, departing 20 Apr 1970, all berths in Cabin 205 at a rate of 219 pounds each.


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.

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