A card promoting Sammy Lee's nightclub containing a black and white photograph of Lindsay Motherwell (at left) with friends in a bar. Sammy Lee's was a nightclub with the slogan 'Where Every Nite is New Year's Eve'. Lindsay was a drummer from the age of 15 in Melbourne, before he travelled to Rhodesia and South Africa in the 1950s and 60s.

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.

Description of Content

Three men and a woman at a table.

Physical Description

Yellow card, cover with cartoon image of a line of dancing girls and a cocktail glass with text. Inside is a photograph of three men and a woman at a table. On the back are various reviews.


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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