Black and white photograph of Lindsay Motherwell playing the drums alongside a cellist, Margate, South Africa, 1953.. Lindsay travelled in Rhodesia and South Africa playing music for most of the 1950s and 1964-69.
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
Man playing the drums, alongside a cellist who is closer to the camera. They are both wearing suits and bowties.
Black and white photograph
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.
Photograph, Black & White
Stamp: 'HAPPY DAY TOURS PHOTOGRAPHY BOX 78 MARGATE'
Type of item
87 mm (Width), 137 mm (Height)