Full-length, short-sleeved green corduroy jumpsuit, owned by Sylvia Motherwell. Sylvia loved fashion throughout her life, and had many beautiful clothes.

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

Full-length short-sleeved, green corduroy jumpsuit. It has a wide collar and a zipper down the front to the crotch. There are two breast pockets with brown leather edging and two hip pockets also with brown leather edging. A corduroy belt is stitched onto the front of the jumpsuit, but does not run all the way around.


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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