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Measure, tape; John Rabone & Sons; 2013.8.1

Measure, tape; John Rabone & Sons; 2013.8.1
Name/Title
Measure, tape
About this object
Tape measure; The measure,has a fabric tape, printed on one side with inch measurements. The tape is retractable manually, using a brass pull-out winding arm fixed in the centre of the back of the tape casing. The casing is tan coloured leather with top stitching.

It belonged to Les Lockerbie. Les Lockerbie lived his entire life in Otago. He was born in Winton in 1911 and died in Dunedin in 1996. Les’s interest in archaeology began when the family moved to Maclennan in the Catlins to run the local store. At high school age Les began exploring the early Maori sites in the vicinity, especially those at Papatowai and King’s Rock. This was the beginning of a life long interest and study in the early Polynesian inhabitants of the South Otago coast.

Les was a recognised pioneer in excavation methods and carbon 14 dating. He was meticulous in recording and mapping sites and as a result published results of his work in numerous scientific journals. He was a primary school teacher and later became Education Officer at the Otago Museum (1947-1976). This position made him a staff member of the Dunedin Teachers College and for many years he involved College students in archaeological excavations on the Manuka Point island site of Pounawea.

Since the 1920s several archaeologists have taken a keen interest in these early Maori settlements. The Lockerbie collection is the key taonga collection in the Owaka Museum.

Maker Role
Manufacturer
Medium and Materials
processed material, metal
processed material, leather

Inscription and Marks
on leather casing exterior:
on front face: JOHN RABONE & SONS, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND

on back face: RABONE'S METALLIC WIRED TAPE
Engraved on brass winder: 66FT
No_ 400
printed on tape in red ink at 1ft mark: LONDON

Measurements
h 25mm x di 120mm
small

Subject and Association Keywords
archaeology
physics, weights and measures
Credit Line
From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"
Object Type
equipment
Object number
2013.8.1
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