A newspaper clipping of an advertisement for the Grand Opera Season by the Eoan Group. It lists the four operas: 'Il Trovatore', 'La Traviata', 'L'Elisir D'Amore' and 'La Boheme'. It also lists a variety of artists included. It is unclear what year this is from, but possibly 1965. Sylvia Boyes joined the Eoan Group in 1966 and performed in a variety of operas in the chorus. She met her future husband, Lindsay Motherwell, through the Eoan Group's production of 'South Pacific'. Sylvia left South Africa in 1969 and migrated to Australia in 1970.

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 newspaper clipping of an advertisement for "GRAND OPERA SEASON!" presented by "EOAN GROUP". The performances are from "THURS. 18th MARCH NIGHTLY at 8 Saturday Matinees 2.30 p.m." at "CITY HALL". The operas listed are "IL TROVATORE" "LA TRAVIATA" "L'ELISIR D'AMORE" and "LA BOHEME". The musical director is listed as DR. JOSEPH MANCA and the production is by ALESSANDRO ROTA.


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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