Photograph [Pioneer Footballers, Owaka]; [?]; [?]; CT79.1051d


Photograph [Pioneer Footballers, Owaka]

About this object

Photograph; a black and white photograph of a football team, thought to be the pioneer footballers of Owaka.

A note on the reverse states that the team played on a part of McIntyre's flat, opposite the town skip, before the recreation grounds was developed. Only one team wore striped jerseys, to distinguish them from the others in work clothes.

The team played for possession of a polished totara knot with silver shields attached around the side. Every year the winning team had their names engraved on a shield, attached to the knot and it was their property for the ensuing year. Owaka won the trophy every year except the last when the Milton team won.

The original photograph has been digitised. A digital image and copy print are available for research access.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, The Catlins, Owaka



Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Handwritten on reverse: 'I think this is a photo of the pioneer footballers in Owaka / they played on a part of...'



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Subject and Association Keywords

recreation. leisure, sports, ball games

Credit Line

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

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