Album of the Modern Jazz Quartet, consisting of Milt Jackson, John Lewis, Percy Heath and Kenny Clarke. It consists of a vinyl record in its original paper sleeve within the album cover. It was printed in the USA. Lindsay and Sylvia Motherwell both enjoyed a variety of music, from jazz to musicals.

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

A 12" record in its original paper sleeve within a cardboard album cover. The front cover has a blue background, with an image of the four members of the quartet playing their instruments. Acrosss the top, in orange text is the title and band name, "modern jazz quartet". On the right of the title is the list of the four musicians' names, "Milt Jackson; John Lewis; Percy Heath; Kenny Clarke". The back cover is white, with the band and musicians' names across the top. There are two blurbs down the left hand side and a list of the songs on the album on the right hand side.


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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