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Light blue short-sleeved cotton shirt


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Light blue short-sleeved cotton shirt

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Physical description

A light blue short sleeved shirt, constructed from a heavy cotton like material with white machine stitching. The shirt features set-in, short sleeves with a wide hemmed edge. The shirt has no collar and features a hemmed edge around the neck with a horizontal button hole either side at the front. The shirt fastens down the centre front with five small round, plastic buttons. In the inside back of the shirt, centred below the collar is a small rectangular, white synthetic manufacturers label with blue text "S.H. / SYDNEY / HAND / TAILORED / SHIRTS" and a blue motif of an animated suit holding a shirt. The shirt appears discoloured around the neckline and armpits, there is also some staining on the front of the 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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