Overalls, protective clothing; Deane Apparel; 2013.8.5


Overalls, protective clothing

About this object

Pair of khaki cotton drill overalls.

Two front patch pockets, hip and side rule pocket High back with brace buckles and front adjustable dome strap fasteners, with concealed dome fly front.

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.


Deane Apparel

Maker Role


Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Canterbury, Christchurch

Place Notes

Deane Apparel is New Zealand's largest marketer of uniforms, corporate wardrobes and work wear. We supply innovative, contemporary and durable clothing solutions to many of New Zealand's best-known brands and businesses.

The business was established in the 1930s, initially manufacturing work wear and school clothing in our Christchurch factory. By the end of 1950s Deane had established itself as New Zealand's leading work wear and farm clothing brand with Deane overalls and work jeans reaching iconic status.

Medium and Materials

processed material, fabric
processed material, metal

Inscription and Marks

Machine -embroidered fabric label machine sewn to inside of front bib:
front text is covered by printed name tag: L. LOCKERBIE
back of label: washing instructions
Printed fabric label sewn on top of front left hand pocket: DEANE


h 1150mm (top of bib front to hem) x w 520 mm (waist dome to dome) 630mm inner leg (crotch to hem)

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

technology, manufactures, textile industries

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"

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