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Royal Melbourne Show Third Prize certificate awarded to MISS E. ROACH, Exhibit THE VICTOREE FOOD PRODUCTS, LADIES RIDING COMP. OVER FENCES, Class 239 No. 3880

1996.0026.0125

Royal Melbourne Show Third Prize certificate awarded to MISS E. ROACH, Exhibit THE VICTOREE FOOD PRODUCTS, LADIES RIDING COMP. OVER FENCES, Class 239 No. 3880

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Physical description

A rectangular certificate that is cream in colour with gold decorations and black text. In the centre top of the certificate is the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria badge, appearing as a fastened belt beneath a crown. Around the length of the belt is the text "SPEED THE PLOUGH". In the centre of the belt are the script initials "RASV". Below this badge is the text "The Royal Agricultural Society / OF VICTORIA / Third Prize / Awarded to MISS E. ROACH / Exhibit THE VICTOREE FOOD PRODUCTS / LADIES RIDING COMP. OVER FENCES / Class 239 No. 3880 / Louis Monod. Secretary". Further text reads "ROYAL / MELBOURNE / SHOW /.. / 1949". Beneath all the text and the decorative gold line designs that surround it is the manufacturers details "H HEARNE & CO. Pty. Ltd., Printers, Melbourne"'. In the centre on the rear of the certificate written in what appears to be lead pencil is "T A FIELD / NO 2 HORSE". The certificate exhibits some staining and marking.

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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