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Race meeting ticket

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Physical description

Race meeting ticket. Rectangle of pink card with printed text "Ungarie P.A.H. & I. Association / Lady's Ticket, 1962 / F. LEMON, / President / R.J. MURRELLS, / Secretary." Hole puched through left, with short length of red cord threaded through it.

Statement of significance

The Earl Ewers Collection No. 3 comprises an enamel life membership badge issued to Ungarie district resident Alice Taylor by the Ungarie Pastoral, Agricultural, Horticultural and Industrial Association in about 1927, a timber-framed photographic portrait of Alice Taylor, two printed cardboard lady's tickets issued in 1962 and 1964 to Ungarie district farmer Ernest Ewers to allow entry into the Ungarie Show, and a rabbit bait recipe and instructions transcribed in about 1920 by Will Ewers, an Ungarie district farmer. Each object is in good condition.

Associated with a particular family and place, the various items in the Earl Ewers Collection No. 3 intersect strongly. The objects relate directly to a dramatic history of social and ecological change on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range in New South Wales. From the late nineteenth century and throughout most of the twentieth century, closer settlement policies and the arrival of railways enabled a patchwork of farmland to spread across the southwest and central slopes. Closer settlement and agricultural development displaced Wiradjuri survivors of disease and violence, and caused the decline and local extinction of many grassy woodland species. New cultural and physical patterns emerged. The use of roots gathered from exotic thistles in the preparation of rabbit poison baits by Will Ewers, for example, speaks vividly of the tangled destinies of invasive species, land, and people in Australia. At Ungarie and elsewhere on the western slopes, farming families formed annual show associations to promote agricultural innovation and provide opportunities to gather for recreation. Today the relatively fertile southwest and central slopes of NSW contribute substantially to Australian agricultural production and exports. Contextual documentation prepared by Earl Ewers adds to the significance and interpretive potential of this collection.

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