Benjamin Charles Ronalds (1892-1970) was a Brisbane-based glass worker who collected porcelain, ceramics and glass. His complete collection, of about 800 items, consists primarily of Royal Worcester porcelain and also contains comparative pieces from other British, European and Oriental ceramics manufacturers, a wide range of glassware, and a few selected pieces representing other applied arts.
Ronalds migrated to Brisbane from England, having served an apprenticeship in the glass trade. He obtained employment with Oxlades, a leading glazing firm, and then opened the Decorative Glass Company at 57 Vulture Street, West End, Brisbane in 1924. In addition to carrying out glazing work he stocked glassware and ceramics. He specialised in collecting Royal Worcester porcelain and built up a remarkable collection of this factory's products. As well as collecting locally, he made several trips overseas and many to Melbourne and Adelaide. Ronalds' huge collection was moved to the Museum in August 1976. The Ben Ronalds Collection pays tribute to a passionate Queensland collector.
Ceramics; Glassware; Porcelain