Colour photograph of Lindsay Motherwell standing in a park in winter, taken while he was in Britain, November 1969. He is wearing a blue coat also in the Museum collection (HT 56460). Printed Nov 1970.Lindsay lived in Britain for almost a year from May 1969 to April 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.
Description of Content
Man standing in a park in winter. He is wearing a grey coat and a brown hat.
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.
Type of item
89 mm (Width), 126 mm (Height)