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White short-sleeved shirt made from white synthetic material


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White short-sleeved shirt made from white synthetic material

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Physical description

White short sleeved shirt made from white synthetic material with white stitching. It features plain, set-in, fitted short sleeves with a wide hemmed edge. The blouse is collarless, just featuring a hemmed edge around the neck with buttons at the front. The shirt fastens down the centre front with five small round plastic buttons. The bottom button is missing whilst the top two buttons are white in colour and the bottom three appear to be more of a grey colour. The front right of the shirt features a breast pocket. At one side of this pocket the fabric of the shirt is torn where the pocket has come away. The shirt is badly crumpled, stained and 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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