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Fawn-coloured short sleeved shirt


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Fawn-coloured short sleeved shirt

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Physical description

A short sleeved shirt constructed out of a fawn coloured fabric with white machine stitching and light brown cotton stitching at the arm and shirt hems. The shirt features tailored set-in short sleeves. The shirt fastens down the centre front with five small plastic buttons. On the front left side of the shirt is a breast pocket. The rear of the shirt is longer than the front pieces and the shirt features a form of slit at each side. On the inside back of the shirt, centred below the collar is a small rectangular white synthetic manufacturers label with the black text "B / Fairway / REGD. / Shirts". There is some staining at the bottom hem of shirt.

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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