Yellow cardboard library card for Cape Town Libraries, made out to Sylvia Boyes at Leliebloem House. Inside is a blue card which allows for the borrowing of extra books. Sylvia was taken to Leliebloem House, an orphanage, at the age of three and lived there until she was 18.

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

A yellow cardboard card, folded in half and stapled at the bottom, from Cape Town City Libraries, made out to Sylvia Boyes at Leliebloem House, Melbourne St, Woodstock. The expiry date is 1.11.1967. On the back is a statement that this library card was not transferable. Inside is a blue card called an "EXTRA CARD", also made you to Miss Sylvia Boyes at Lelieblloem House, Melbourne St, Woodstock. On the back is more information about the use of the card.


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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