Footwear, Work Clogs; Smiley Brothers Limited (Dunedin); 1960; MT2012.16.3


Footwear, Work Clogs

About this object

Clogs; while made in 1960, these clogs are typical of those used on Southland farms and in freezing works and dairy factories during World War Two to help conserve leather. They were donated to us by Mr Alister Thompson a retired Mataura boot-maker. He recalled how most users would fit studded rubber soles or use car tyre rubber rather than the metal cleats fitted on these boots as the cleats were too noisy and slippery.

Mataura identity Stan White worked in the Mataura Freezing Works as a teenage boy during World War Two. Stan worked in the offal department and can remember wearing these types of clogs. As far as Stan can remember, they were only worn in the offal department and freezing chambers. He doesn't recall them being worn by the butchers on the slaughter board.

This pair was made in Dunedin by Smiley Bothers Limited in December 1960. Work clogs went out of production soon afterwards when rubber Commando soles came onto the market.


Smiley Brothers Limited (Dunedin)

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Date Made


Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Dunedin

Place Notes

Smiley Brothers Limited, 436 Cumberland Street and 143 Hanover Street, Dunedin.

Medium and Materials

organic, animal, skin, leather

Inscription and Marks

Printed on both soles:
'NZ MADE / 10 / BCS'.


h 190mm x w 110mm x l 310mm (each boot)

Subject and Association Keywords

industry/mataura dairy factory

Subject and Association Keywords

industry/mataura freezing works

Subject and Association Keywords


Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated

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