Museum Collections

The origins of the Owaka Museum Collection can be traced back to John Logan (1877-1963) and while not all of the items are on display a large part of the collection can be viewed by visiting NZMuseums on line.

Included in the collection is a wide variety of items relating to the social and natural history of the area. The museum is the home of the Lockerbie archaeological collection of Maori taonga as well as a number of smaller collections that focus on oral history, photography and textiles. It is this material, along with other objects and documentation relating to the area that provides us with a valuable resource for our exhibition programme as well as those exploring their family history.


If you have any queries about information that is held in our collections please contact us prior to a visit and or fill out a request form and send it to us so that we can advise as to what options are available to you and any fees or charges that may apply.


Many of the photographs held in the collection have been digitised and are available for use. If you wish to order a photograph please contact us or fill out a request form and send it to us.

World War I Project

Details are being sought by M & A McPhee who are compiling information about Catlins Men who served in World War I. If you have any recollections or Photographs of these men please contact us.


Title Description Tags File
Newspaper clipping Magazine clipping, a photograph taken on the Catlins River upstream near the bridge, circa early 1900s. The caption reads, 'A surface of glass: the placid Catlins River, Otago. photograph, catlins river, magazine, otago View
Photograph [Presbyterian Bible Class, Owaka] Photograph; a black and white image of members of the Owaka, Presbyterian Bible Class, c1910s. Owaka, Presbyterian Bible Class View
Cloth, afternoon tea Afternoon tea cloth; white linen cloth with a hand-stitched hem and embroidered blue flowers in one corner. textile, tea cloth View
Trousers, waterproof Trousers, waterproof; dark green, elasticised waist, with side opening on right hand side. Worn over trousers in the rain. lockerbie, trouser, waterproof View
Panel, architectural Architectural panel; a small section of wooden panelling from the SS Manuka. The panel features decorative carving around a central hole. navigation. merchant marine, shipwrecks and fires View
Flatiron Flatiron; a small, triangular-shaped iron with attached handle. All is cast out of heavy metal. The top side of the iron features a faint maker's mark including a knot logo. iron, industry View



Textile & Clothing

Lockerbie Collection




Natural History

Oral History