Hat, cap; 2013.8.7


Hat, cap

About this object

Hat, cap. Khaki-coloured cotton drill, with close fitting crown, reinforced visor and printed on front with Karratha W.A.

This 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, fabric

Inscription and Marks

Printed on fabric label attached on inside of cap: 100% COTTON

Printed on cotton name tag label: MR L. LOCKERBIE

Screen printed on exterior front of cap in white lettering:


h 85mm x w 180mm
one size fits all

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

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