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Gumboots; 2013.8.10

Gumboots; 2013.8.10
Name/Title
Gumboots
About this object
Pair of gumboots; black rubber, knee high boots with fabric lining.

These 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.

Medium and Materials
processed material, rubber
processed material, fabric


Inscription and Marks
stamped in black ink insided left boot: 8

Measurements
l 270 mm from toe to heel; h 320mm w 100mm at widest point of sole
size 8
medium

Subject and Association Keywords
archaeology
Credit Line
From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"
Object Type
clothing
Object number
2013.8.10
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