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Brown felt bowler hat for horse riding

1996.0026.0159

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Brown felt bowler hat for horse riding

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Physical description

A brown felt bowler hat for horse riding. The hard helmet features brown felt exterior with brown tape material decorating the circumference of the brim which is turned up at the sides. The tape material also decorates the base circumference of the crown, meeting in a bow at the left hand side of the hat when worn. A length of brown fabric tape, joined in the centre by two pieces of black elastic cord, is attached to the inside brim of the hat but has been pulled up over the rear brim of the bowler. This elastic, when pulled down, would function to secure the hat to the riders head. The interior of the hat is lined with a cream satin like material, discoloured in places, and bears dark coloured manufacturer's markings in the centre of the crown "HUNTS / HATTERS, / 314 George Street, / SYDNEY / ALL FUR / MADE IN ENGLAND". Around the inside perimeter of the hat is a separate skirt of lightly padded and stitched bronze coloured satin like fabric. Around the edge of this skirt of fabric, which reaches roughly half way up the crown, is a cream coloured drawstring cord which functions to tighten the fit of the hat around the wearers head. Beneath this skirt of fabric is a white rectangular shaped paper adhesive label with the text "6 3/4 / TO REPEAT / PLEASE QUOTE / NOK A&758". The hat has also been additionally padded out around its rear with a patterned cotton handkerchief and two additional pieces of brown felt stuck to the wall of the crown with adhesive tape.

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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