Footwear, Ezywaukr Boots; M O'Brien & Co Limited; 1965 June; MT2012.16.2


Mataura Museum


Footwear, Ezywaukr Boots

About this object

Boots; these two left dress boots were made as a special order in 1965 for Mr Andrew (Andy) Richmond. Andy Richmond served in World War One where he lost his right leg and wounded his left leg. After the War he owned a bootmakers' shop in Mataura.

These boots were donated to us by Mr Alister 'Booty' Thompson who purchased Andy Richmond's business in 1948. There are two lefts because Andy Richmond's 'good' left leg bore most of his weight and he wore out more left than right shoes. Andy Richmond died without collecting the boots. Alister Thompson kept them because of their high quality and unique story.

The boots are Ezywaukrs made by M.O'Brien & Co Limited. Ezywaukrs were a popular mens dress boot for at least six decades. The top is made of Glacey Kid leather, the inner is all leather as is the sole.


M O'Brien & Co Limited

Maker Role


Date Made

1965 June

Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Canterbury, Christchurch

Place Notes

M. O'Brien & Co Limited, 31 Dundas Street, Christchurch.

Medium and Materials

organic, animal, skin, leather
organic, vegetal, plant extract, latex, rubber

Inscription and Marks

Printed on both insoles:
Printed on both heels 'VICTORY'.


h 160mm x w 105mm x l 285mm (each boot)

Subject and Association Keywords

military/world war one

Subject and Association Keywords


Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated

Object Type


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