Page from the S.A. Financial Gazette, dated 18 June 1965. Page 12 is the Arts page, with the first article titled Finest Singing of the Eoan Season.' It is a review of the Eoan Group's production of the opera 'Il Trovatore'. Sylvia Boyes first auditioned for the Eoan Group in 1958-59, and was part of the Eoan Group chorus from 1966.

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

Page from the S.A. Financial Gazette, spanning pages 9-12. Articles topics include: industrial catering, new mining company, anti-apartheid sanctions, white job protection, joint development with Rhodesia, basketball, European telegraph cable, Arts (opera, art, piano recital, books, puppeteers)


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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