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Physical description

Jodhpurs, constructed out of several pieces of dark brown fabric and similar coloured machine stitching. The jodhpurs are fitted down the bottom of the leg ending in turned up cuffs at ankles. Stitched to the inside knee area of each leg is a roughly triangular shaped area of the same fabric, 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 slot pockets lined with a heavy, yellow coloured cotton like material, on the left pocket lining in blurred black ink handwriting is "BURTON / F. / 23205". On the left hand side of the waistband is a metal zipper fastening which is hidden from sight by a flap of fabric. At the front top of this fastening is a tag with a horizontal button hole which attaches to a round brown coloured, plastic button on the opposing side of the waistband. The inside area around the waist has been lined with a rust coloured synthetic fabric, as has the crotch. This lining at the crotch is badly worn and torn, whist some of the stitches holding the waist lining down have come away. At the inside front waist of the jodhpurs there is a small loop in the same fabric as the lining. The jodhpurs feature a cream coloured rectangular, synthetic manufacturers label on the inside centre back of the waist. The label has a brown motif "E", followed by the brown diagonal text "Neil Eedy" going from bottom left to top right. The jodhpurs appear well worn exhibiting many small holes, possibly from insects. One tear in the seat of the jodhpurs has been repaired by a square of brown fabric adhered to the inside of the jodhpurs over the hole.

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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