Coat, raincoat; 2013.8.8


Coat, raincoat

About this object

Coat, raincoat. Skellerup brand, above knee-length, black oil skin parka jacket, lined with waterproof fabric and has attached hood, elasticised waist gusset and two front pockets with flap closures. Centre front closing, with zip and five domes. On the inside back of the jacket, there is an insert of mesh fabric to allow for air circulation.

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.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Canterbury, Christchurch

Medium and Materials

processed material, fabric
processed material, metal

Inscription and Marks

Manufacturer's printed label sewn to inside of back at neck line:

A printed name-tag partially obscures other text on the label.
Printed cotton name-tag, machine sewn onto label: MR L. LOCKERBIE


back neck to hem h 820mm x w underarm to underarm: 700mm

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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