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Album containing 120 black and white photographs of Emilie Roach and her family in Narrandera

1996.0026.0157

Album containing 120 black and white photographs of Emilie Roach and her family in Narrandera

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Physical description

A photograph album covered in brown imitation leather. The cover and individual card pages have been joined by a cord tie. The left side of each page has been bound by an adhesive fabric tape material which has enabled each hard card page to be turned. The album consists of 24 card pages and the inside covers. All pages feature black and white photographs adhered to both sides except page 24 which has no photographs on either side. The back inside cover also features a photograph. The front of page 11 is missing a photograph, evident by the space in the composition and the remaining adhesives. In total there are 120 black and white photographs in the album. The photographs are not captioned but the subjects are of Emilie Roach and her family in Narrandera, show jumping, wedding, honeymoon and holiday photographs, among them what appears to be Kosciusko. In the bottom left hand corner of the rear inside cover of the album is a paper sticker with the following manufacturers details in black text "MADE IN AUSTRALIA BY / HARRINGTONS LTD." Text below this reads "No / SPECIAL". The cover of the album is in extremely poor condition, the imitation leather is beginning to flake off and stain what it comes in contact with. There is a single piece of adhesive tape stuck to the cover.

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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