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Royal Agricultural Society of NSW "GRAND EASTER, DAY & NIGHT EXHIBITION, 9TH APRIL, 1949, SECOND PRIZE, HUNTING AND JUMPING, awarded to Miss E Roach


Royal Agricultural Society of NSW "GRAND EASTER, DAY & NIGHT EXHIBITION, 9TH APRIL, 1949, SECOND PRIZE, HUNTING AND JUMPING, awarded to Miss E Roach

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Physical description

A cream coloured rectangular certificate, with red monochromatic representations, shading and text. The certificate also features black type face and an indigo coloured stamped signature. At the top of the certificate is the royal coat of arms with a lion and unicorn, and the motto "DIEU ET MON DROIT" beneath it. A decorative scroll below this contains text that reads "Royal Agricultural Society / OF / NEW SOUTH WALES". Below this scroll is block text "GRAND EASTER / DAY & NIGHT EXHIBITION". Within another smaller scroll is black text that reads "9TH APRIL, 1949" followed by large red lettering "SECOND PRIZE" and "HUNTING AND JUMPING" in black text. To either side of this centred text is a three quarter view, head and neck portrait of a horse, framed in a circle with wheat partly surrounding it. Beneath these representations and the text in the centre there are two rectangular shaped areas represented as plaques. The areas are of different sizes, the smaller one features two scrolls at the top containing the two words "CATALOGUE" and "REFERENCE" in red text. Beneath this with the words in red text and the numbers in black text is "Section 1 / Horses / Class No 194 / Catlgue No 3476". Further red text reads "Awarded to" followed by the black text "MISS E. ROACH". Additional red text reads "Exhibited by" and beneath this is black text "THE 'CHATEAU TANUNDA' LADIES' HUNTING CONTEST". There is a stamped signature in the bottom right hand corner of the certificate that reads "G Somerville" and below this is red block text is "SECRETARY". The certificate has 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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