Jump to content
Where our stories come alive
A pair of cream coloured hand knitted riding gloves. The moss stitch cotton gloves feature two cable patterns down the back of each hand, a band of rib knit at the wrist of each glove, whilst the thumb appears to have been separately knitted and attached. The gloves appear yellowed in areas and the left hand glove features three distinct areas of brown staining around the index finger.
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.
Place of use