Dr Kenneth McPherson Indian Ocean Collection

McPherson Collection


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A collection of significant material documenting the scope of the Indian Ocean trade and trading routes both prior and subsequent to the British settlement of the Australian continent, compliled by respected Maritime History researcher and academic Dr Kenneth McPherson. The McPherson Collection (60 items) is comprised of: ceramic transferware, shipping line cutlery and crockery, souvenirs and artworks of Indian Ocean travels, postcards, dinner plates, tureen, engravings, maps, textile prints, statues, religious icons, an incense burner, and ship models.

The focus of the Dr Kenneth McPherson Indian Ocean Collection was to collect materials that would highlight significant Indian Ocean influences on the region and Western Australia and provide historical context to Western Australia's maritime history.

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 the WA Museum Maritime History Department's Research and Integrated Collection Management System.


19th and 20th Centuries; Fishing; Indian Ocean Centre; Indian Ocean Collection; Kenneth McPerson; Sama Biasa

Art; Chinaware; Collecting; Commerce; Cutlery; Models; Postcards; Religious icons; Shipping industry; Souvenirs; Tableware; Vessels (watercraft

Art objects; Decorative arts; Greeting cards; Iconography; International trade; Maps; Maritime history; Pottery; Scale models; Statues; Table setting; Textile crafts; Water transport

Artworks; Figures; Maps; Models; Postcards; Tableware

Dr Kenneth McPherson

Coverage Spatial

Indian Ocean; Western Australia; International

Coverage Temporal



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