Envelope addressed to Lindsay Motherwell at Lord John (fashion brand) offices in the International Fashion House on Oxford Street, London, 1969. It is presumed Lindsay worked there or knew someone who did, who was forwarding his mail. The return address is Sylvia Boyes at her home in Gardens, Cape Town. In 1969, Lindsay sailed to London, with Sylvia to follow by plane so that they could get married.
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.
An envelope addressed to MR. L. S. Motherwell at Lord John (fashion brand) offices in the International Fashion House on Oxford Street, London. The return address is Miss M.M.S. Boyes 10 HOF STREET, GARDENS, CAPE TOWN. SOUTH AFRICA. It has 5 stamps attached, as well as "BY AIR MAIL" and "EXPRESS" stickers
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.
MR. L. S. Motherwell. Lord John. International Fashion House. 368/370 Oxford Street, London. W.1. England. MISS. M.M.S.BOYES 10 HOF STREET, GARDENS. CAPE TOWN. SOUTH AFRICA.
Type of item
187 mm (Width), 89 mm (Height)