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Soft brown felt riding hat


Soft brown felt riding hat

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Physical description

A soft brown felt riding hat that features a dome shaped crown with a seam running down its centre. The felt brim has been sewn around its circumference, the brim appears wider at the front of the hat than at the rear. A length of brown felt has been sewn to the hat around the base of the crown, this piece has been decoratively tied in a bow on the right hand side of the hat. The interior of the hat has been lined with a light bronze coloured synthetic fabric. Brown fabric tape runs around the inner circumference of the crown where the hat rests against the wearers head and forehead. A length of black cord elastic has been attached to the interior of the hat to secure it to the head of the wearer.

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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