Envelope addressed to Lindsay Motherwell in Fife, Scotland. The return address is Sylvia Boyes at her home in Gardens, Cape Town. Sylvia has also written a few little notes on it, such as 'In this envelope there are twelve photographs' and 'Postman, Postman don't be slow be like Elvis go man go'. 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 No. 61 Harris Drive Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. The return address is Miss M.M.S. Boyes 10 HOF STREET, GARDENS, CAPE TOWN. SOUTH AFRICA. It has 3 stamps attached, as well as 4 "by air mail" stickers. Sylvia has also written a few little notes on it, such as "In this envelope there are twelve photographs" and "Postman, Postman don't be slow be like Elvis go man go".
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.
"In this anvetlope there are twelve photographs" MR. L. S. Motherwell. No. 61. Harris Drive KiRKcaldy. Fife ScotLand From: Miss M.M.S. Boyes No. 10 Hof Street Gardens Cape Town. South Africa In this envelope there are twelve photographs Postman, Postman dont be slow be Like Elvis go man go
Type of item
240 mm (Width), 162 mm (Height)