Suitcase; Disabled Soldiers Products; c1949; 2010.905


Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre Wahi Kahuika - the Meeting Place – a rest on your journey.



About this object

Suitcase; a brown leather suitcase used by Jack McNab whilst touring South Africa in 1949 with the All Blacks. Made by Disabled Soldiers Products New Zealand, the interior of the suitcase lid is decorated with stickers from several South African hotels and railways, a New Zealand hotel, and an Otago Centennial (1848-1948) transfer.

Jack McNab (b. 1924), was a flanker from the Owaka club, who toured South Africa in 1949 with the All Blacks. He played in three tests against the South Africans that year and another three against the British Lions in 1950.

On the long tour of South Africa, when the journey to the republic was made by ship, he was given just one jersey, numbered 20 - each squad member was given a single jersey to wear and clean on the 24-match tour.

McNab was an Owaka stalwart, playing only for that club over his whole career. Jack passed away in May of 2009, aged 85.


Disabled Soldiers Products

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand

Medium and Materials

processed material, leather
processed material, paper
processed material, metal

Inscription and Marks

Stamped on metal clasp: "Made in England"
Printed on stickers inside lid: "The Marine Hotel / Hermanus"; "Rhodesia Railways / Victoria Falls Hotel"; "Hotel Metropole / Long Street / Cape Town"; "Pol... Hotel / Pretoria"; "Grand Hotel / Kimberley"; "Disabled Soldiers Products / New Zealand"; "Otago / Centennial (1848-1948)"; "Grand Hotel / Bulawayo"; "Meikles Hotel / Salisbury"; "Queens Hotel / Oudtshoorn S. Africa, Proprietor F Schmitt"; "Carlton Hotel / Johannesburg"; "Milford Hotel / New Zealand".


h 190mm x l 610mm x w 370mm

Subject and Association Keywords

recreation. leisure, sports, ball games

Subject and Association Keywords

geography, travel. voyages and travels.

Credit Line

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

Object Type

personal effect

Object number


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