British passport belonging to Lindsay Motherwell. It was issued in 1951, lasting until 1956. It was then extended until 1961. It contains a photograph of Lindsay, and lists his occupation as Salesman. Lindsay was a drummer from Melbourne who travelled through Africa before returning 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.

Physical Description

British passport describes Lindsay as a Salesman, born in Melbourne on 1 January 1927 Australia. He was 5ft 5in, with brown eyes and brown hair. Lindsay's signature also appears under the black and white photo of him. Within the passport are visas and entry/exit stamps from Freemantle, Rhodesia, Mauritius and Kenya.


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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