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Jodhpurs

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Physical description

Jodhpurs made from brown fabric with similar coloured machine stitching. The pants reach to below the knee and the end of each leg had been hemmed with a brown synthetic type material. A slit of 245 millimetres extends up the outside of each leg. Either side of each slit on both legs are 12 metal eyelet holes used to lace up the leg with a long khaki coloured shoe lace. Stitched to the inside knee area of each leg is a roughly triangular shaped rust coloured suede/leather patch, providing extra protection against wear in this area. The jodhpurs flare out around the top of the legs/hips. At the front of the jodhpurs are two lined slot pockets. On the left hand side of the waistband is a slit with a button fastening consisting of three horizontal button holes in the lining of the front of the jodhpurs and three round brown plastic, buttons opposing these holes. At the waist there is a horizontal button hole on the opposite side to the other holes and the attaching button on the inside of the jodhpurs. None of these buttons are visible from the outside as they are disguised by a flap of fabric. On this same side of the waistband is a long tag of fabric that fastens around the side of the waist with a press stud, the base of the stud is coming away from the fabric. On the opposite side of the waist is a similar tag of material sewn in place. The inside waist and crotch area of the pants are lined with a grey synthetic fabric. At the inside centre front of the pants there is a small loop in the same fabric as the lining. The pants are worn, especially the knee patches, and they also appear slightly discoloured in areas.

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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