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Jodhpurs

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Physical description

A pair of brown, khaki jodhpurs or breeches. The pants reach below the knee. A slit of approximately 230 millimetres extends up the outside of each leg. Sewn on either side of each slit on both legs are ten eyelet holes. A lace threaded through the eyelets is used to lace up the leg. There is an extra panel of fabric stitched to the inside knee providing extra protection against wear in this area. The jodhpurs flare out around the hips. At the front of the jodhpurs are two pockets. On the right hand side of the waistband is a small slit with a single button fastening. The left hand side of the pants has a longer slit with four button holes on the front of the pants opposing the four brown plastic buttons on the rear. All these buttons, except the top one, are not externally visible as the button holes are in the lining which is covered by a flap of fabric. The top button hole is externally visible and is the same as the one on the other side of the pants. Next to the top button on the left hand side of the pants is a tag of material with a buttonhole which fits over the button inside the waistband of the jodhpurs. The waist area and crotch of the jodhpurs are lined with a dark brown synthetic fabric. The jodhpurs appear to be in a reasonable condition, there is some wear to the knee patches, and holes in the area above the left knee patch have been darned.

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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