Blazer, men's; Hallensteins Bros; 1960-1970s; CT08.4852


Blazer, men's

About this object

Men's blazer; a royal blue, woollen twill weave blazer with an emblem stitched onto the pocket in gold. The emblem depicts two axes crossed between two fern leaves above the words: 'Otago Axemen's Association'. The blazer belonged to Ron Lemm, who compete in wood chopping competitions for 23 years.

Ron was born in Owaka in 1933, and was educated at Kahuika and MacLennan schools. He began bush work with his father in 1948. Ron’s grandfather Ernie Coote had been a Southland Champion Axeman in the 1920s and this inspired Ron to enter competitions himself. His first win was the Novice 12-inch Underhand Chop at the Chaslands Sports on 5 November 1950.

Sawmilling, logging and bush clearance occupied the working lives of many Catlins men and it was natural that chopping and sawing races were prominent events at local Sports Days and Caledonian Society Meetings. The blocks to be chopped were numbered and allocated by drawing lots. The chopping blocks were usually kamahi and the sawing blocks rimu. Ron competed for 23 years and enjoyed the social atmosphere as much as the competition.


Hallensteins Bros

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Date Made


Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand

Medium and Materials

processed material, textile, wool.

Inscription and Marks

Stitched emblem: 'Otago Axemen's Association'




l 780mm x w 500mm (at shoulders)

Subject and Association Keywords

recreation. leisure, outdoor life. outdoor recreation

Credit Line

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

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