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Boot hook

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Physical description

A boot hook featuring a light coloured turned wooden handle at a right angle to the roughly 'L' shaped silver coloured metal hook, the handle appears to be varnished. The metal hook which is connected to the centre of the handle forming a 'T' shape features a decorative element or shape down its main shaft and a sphere shape forming a smooth, blunt ending to the hook. The wooden handle appears to have a piece of metal down its centre length which is visible at each end of the handle. There is some staining or wear to the metal hook.

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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