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Key

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Physical description

Two identical, brass coloured metal keys. The keys are triangular in shape with a triangular hole in head and a very small "T" shape peice of metal extending off one end of the key. A distinct small raised circle is visible on one side of the head of each key. The keys are joined by a small length of wire looped through the hole in each key. The keys appears to be in a stable condition and don't appear to fit any of the objects in the collection.

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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