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PRESENTED BY, St Patricks Sports Committee, TO MISS E. ROACH, FOR BREAKING THE WORLD'S RECORD, LADIES HIGH JUMP, ON J.R.GLEN'S 'WALLAROO', 16.3.1918

1996.0026.0113

PRESENTED BY, St Patricks Sports Committee, TO MISS E. ROACH, FOR BREAKING THE WORLD'S RECORD, LADIES HIGH JUMP, ON J.R.GLEN'S 'WALLAROO', 16.3.1918

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Physical description

A circular shaped, gold medal badge, with a pin and hook fastener and gold safety chain and pin. The medal features a laurel wreath around its circumference terminating in a crown at the top of the medal. Inside the wreath within a fastened belt design is engraved text "BENDIGO". Within this belt is a representation of a woman and her mount going over a log barrier jump. On the rear of the medal is engraved text "PRESENTED BY / St Patricks Sports Committee / TO MISS E. ROACH / FOR BREAKING THE / WORLD'S RECORD / LADIES HIGH JUMP / ON J.R.GLEN'S / 'WALLAROO' / 16.3.1918". Above this on the rear of the crown is engraved text "RECORD / 6Ft.10InS", and at the base of the medal are embossed manufacturers mark "F.PRESCOTT / [star] 15 [animal shape]". The safety chain and pin are attached to the medal by a metal ring near these manufacturers marks.

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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