Two pieces of paper stapled together with a hand-written list of important addresses of Sylvia's friends in South Africa with whom she wanted to stay in contact. Names include: Trevor and David, the Zuidemas (her employers) and Matron and Sister Klopper.It was presumably written in 1969 before Sylvia flew to London to marry her husband Lindsay and start a new life in 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

Two pieces of paper stapled together with a hand-written list.


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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