Story: Clothes

Labourers' clothes, 1903

Labourers' clothes, 1903

These road construction workers in Taranaki are wearing clothes typical of labourers in the early 1900s – band collars with a placket halfway up the front, thick woollen trousers held up by belts, sturdy boots and a range of hats, such as flat caps and 'wide awake' hats. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, James McAllister Collection (PAColl-3054)
Reference: 1/1-009471-G
Photograph by James McAllister

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Fiona McKergow, 'Clothes - Men’s clothes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2021)

Story by Fiona McKergow, published 5 Sep 2013