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Physical description

A pair of jodhpurs, constructed out of several pieces of light brown/khaki fabric with similar coloured machine stitching. The jodhpurs are fitted down the bottom of the leg ending in wide turned up elasticised cuffs at ankles. 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 slot pockets lined with a cream coloured cotton material, this material also lines the waistband of the jodhpurs. At each side of the waist are fastenings, each consisting of a buttoned slit. On each of the rear areas of the slit there are three light brown coloured, plastic buttons. Opposing these buttons are three horizontal button holes, only the top button hole of each slit is externally visible, whilst the lower two button into the khaki cotton lining in this area and are hidden by a flap of material. A piece of flannel like material lines the inside of the crotch. On each of the cotton pocket linings "Burton" has been hand-written. The right side pocket also displays a small printed "63" on it. The jodhpurs appear worn in areas, some of the stitching around the leather leg patches has come away. There is some staining and wear to the material, especially around the waist and at the back of the knees.

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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