Wedding album documenting the wedding of Sylvia and Lindsay Motherwell in London on 29 September 1969. It contains eleven photographs of the bride, bridal couple and bridal party.

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

White album with an ornately pressed plastic cover with thick padding. The inside is also ornately patterned. At the front, plastic protective page with the words 'Our Wedding' written in medieval-style script. The first page is an image of old-fashioned church doors, which have been cut so that they open to reveal an image of the couple in the church. On the inside of the doors are sections to fill in details of the wedding, but they have been left blank. The back of this page provides space to list the best man, bridesmaids and groomsmen. Pages have been cut with patterned edges. The protective paper between pages is also ornately patterned.


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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