1905 "Originals" All Blacks Jersey; Manawatu Knitting Mills; 1905; 2005/284/1


1905 "Originals" All Blacks Jersey

About this object

The design of this almost skin-tight, collarless jersey worn by Taranaki farmer Jimmy Hunter during his stint with the 1905 ‘Originals’ All Blacks, bears a strong resemblance to the high-performance modern rugby jerseys worn today. Made from fine wool with a quilted, waxed linen yoke (to repel water) around the shoulder, the neck was edged with leather and laced up the front. The distinctive jersey caused much comment on the ‘Originals’ tour of Great Britain, and the tour itself gave the fledgling All Blacks’ name and game greater currency and popularity abroad.


Manawatu Knitting Mills

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made

New Zealand / Wellington

Medium and Materials

Wool knit, linen, leather

Inscription and Marks

"M" embroidered above hem front right


70(H base of collar to hem)x 42cm (w: across shoulder between sleeve seams) x44cm (w: at hem) x 44 cm (Length of sleeve)

Credit Line

Purchased by the New Zealand Rugby Museum in 2005

Object Type

Playing Jersey

Object number


Copyright Licence  

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