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Bourke Jubilee Show, 1951, Open Lady Rider, Miss Roach

1996.0026.0123

Bourke Jubilee Show, 1951, Open Lady Rider, Miss Roach

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Physical description

A small, metal presentation cup. The regular shaped cup sits on a decorative metal stand which has the design appearance of turned wood. This stand is attached to a brown plastic plinth with a wood pattern. The plinth flares out at the base and features six vertical fins around its length. The cup has two decorative curvilinear handles, one attached to each side as well as a flattened lip with a textured edge. On the bowl of the cup in engraved script is the text "Bourke Jubilee Show / 1951 / Open Lady Rider / Miss Roach". The cup and stand are tarnished.

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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