Richard McKenna Image Collection

Richard McKenna Memorial Collection

McKenna Collection


WAM 43


The Richard McKenna Memorial Collection was created and bequeath to the WA Museum by Richard McKenna who was a steam engine buff and shipping enthusiast. The collection comprises: photographs (120,000), slides (60,000), shipping memorabilia (300), artworks (12), souvenir ceramics (50), plaques (200), flags (40), silverware (40), scrapbooks (60).

The Richard McKenna collection was the result of a lifetime's passionate collecting, and by its scope and breadth has become a crucial part of the WA Museum's maritime collections and research. The images focus mostly on vessels connected in any way with Western Australia, and include McKenna's own images as well as those he traded with fellow members of the World Ships Society. The collection of resource material he avidly collected and compiled is extensive, including many rare published titles, personal correspondence and debates with experts around the world, large scrapbook collectons of contemporary newspaper material, and extensive personal transcriptions of rare records.

Some material may be subject to copyright.

Viewable in exhibitions at WA Maritime Museum, WA Museum in Perth, Albany and Geraldton. Collection storage areas may be accessed by prior appointment.

Item descriptions, specifications, images, conservation & location history available through MHRD (WA Museum Maritime History department Integrated Collection Management System).


20th century; Coastal shipping; Lloyds Register; Ship images

Artworks; Flags; Photographic slides; Photographs; Plaques; Scrapbooks

Ceramics; Collecting; Flags; Maritime history; Photography; Scrapbooking; Silverware; Water transport

Collecting; Flags; Photography; Plaques; Pottery; Scrapbooks; Shipping industry; Silverware; Souvenirs; Vessels (watercraft)

Richard McKenna; World Ships Society

Coverage Spatial

Western Australia; International

Coverage Temporal



Related Collections


2012-05-30 23:42

2011-03-31 00:17