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Red fabric necktie

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Physical description

A red fabric necktie that features a regular pattern of brown bridled horse heads on it. The tie has been constructed out of several lengths of fabric sewn together. This fabric has then been folded down each length, the edges sewn together in the centre of the tie, thus forming the tie shape. The tie is narrow down its length with two pointed ends, one of which is significantly wider. The tie has been hemmed and stitched using black thread. The interior of the tie features two layers of fabric, one cream and one blue, which pad out the tie and to which the edges of central seam are sewn. Sewn to the narrower end of the tie is a rectangular black synthetic manufacturers label. The label features a union jack on a flag pole and white text "HOLLYGREEN / (REG.)". The stitching of this label is visible on the exterior side of the tie. The tie features a hole at its wider end as well as some holes along one of the edges.

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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