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Punchbowl and Dist. Masonic Club, 1982 - Member 3393

1996.0026.0217

Punchbowl and Dist. Masonic Club, 1982 - Member 3393

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Physical description

Masonic badge made from metal featuring a circular blue enamel centre with a white enamel border. A gold coloured compass and set square feature on the surface of the blue enamel. Gold text in the white border reads "PUNCHBOWL & DIST. MASONIC CLUB". Gold coloured laurels or branches decorate the top and base of the badge. In between the laurels at the base is a red enamel panel with gold text that reads "1982". Inscribed on the reverse of the badge "NOT / TRANSFERABLE / 3393". A ring attached to the top of the badge allows it to be hung.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of documents, photographs, scrapbooks, clothing and other memorabilia from the careers and personal lives of Emma (Emilie) Roach, a well-known and successful equestrian, and her husband John (Jack) Burton, who made several record-breaking drives in motor vehicles across Australia during the 1910s and 1920s.

Born in Narrandera, New South Wales, in 1898, Roach began equestrian competition at the age of 10, and continued through most levels and types of competition, remaining an unpaid amatuer, until her retirement in 1955. Her main competitions and successes were in the show-ring. After Burton and Roach married in 1925, they lived in Sydney for many years and travelled from there to agricultural shows in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland where Roach would compete and Burton worked in motor vehicle sales and writing articles for motoring magazines.

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