Colour photograph of Sylvia Boyes with a group of children standing in front of an aeroplane before she departed South Africa, 1969. Sylvia was following Lindsay Motherwell to London so they could get married.
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
Young womanwearing a pink suit, holding a bouquet of yellow flowers with a group of children in front of her. They are standing in front of an aeroplane.
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.
Hand written inscription on reverse: 'so long farewell/we hate to see you/go'
Type of item
89 mm (Width), 89 mm (Height)