Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World

Mon 31 Oct 2016Sun 23 Apr 2017

9:30am5:00pm

WA Maritime Museum


Merchants and sailors have crossed the Indian Ocean for thousands of years and 70% of the world’s goods continue to do so today. This vast expanse of water was the world’s first highway and has been the centre of world economy for millenia, but how well do we know it? This exhibition, fittingly located in the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle on the edge of the ocean, takes you on your own journey across the Indian Ocean to discover its rich history through ancient objects and stories about its traders, explorers and the many different peoples who inhabit its shores.

Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World is a paid exhibition.

View of Batavia, oil on canvas, Hendrick Jacobsz, Dubbels, 1640 - 1676: Dutch ships in front of the port of Batavia (now Jakarta) – a busy, cosmopolitan trading centre at the heart of the Indian Ocean.View of Batavia, oil on canvas, Hendrick Jacobsz, Dubbels, 1640 - 1676: Dutch ships in front of the port of Batavia (now Jakarta) – a busy, cosmopolitan trading centre at the heart of the Indian Ocean.
Courtesy Rijksmuseum
Dirk Hartog Dish, 1616: Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog’s flattened pewter dish is the oldest European object ever found on Australian soil.Dirk Hartog Dish, 1616: Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog’s flattened pewter dish is the oldest European object ever found on Australian soil.
Courtesy Rijksmuseum
Eighty years after Hartog’s landing, Willem de Vlamingh discovered Hartog’s marker at Cape Inscription and replaced it with his own.Eighty years after Hartog’s landing, Willem de Vlamingh discovered Hartog’s marker at Cape Inscription and replaced it with his own.
Courtesy Western Australian Museum
Batavia's Graveyard Archaeology - Amber beads: Recent excavations of four new Batavia victims revealed personal items such as these beads made of prized amber from the Baltic.Batavia's Graveyard Archaeology - Amber beads: Recent excavations of four new Batavia victims revealed personal items such as these beads made of prized amber from the Baltic.
Courtesy Western Australian Museum
A market stall in the Indies, oil on canvas, attributed to Albert Eckhout, 1640-1666: This Dutch painting shows an exotic Indonesian market stall, a common site for travellers reaching Java and the Spice Islands.A market stall in the Indies, oil on canvas, attributed to Albert Eckhout, 1640-1666: This Dutch painting shows an exotic Indonesian market stall, a common site for travellers reaching Java and the Spice Islands.
Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Gift of E.J. Speelman, London
Saucer, c. 1635 – 1645: Chinese Kraak porcelain, so-named for the Portuguese ships or carracks that carried it.Saucer, c. 1635 – 1645: Chinese Kraak porcelain, so-named for the Portuguese ships or carracks that carried it.
Courtesy Rijksmuseum
Amitabha Buddha, 750-850: This monumental stone Buddha sits in the meditation gesture. Similar images appear across India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia.Amitabha Buddha, 750-850: This monumental stone Buddha sits in the meditation gesture. Similar images appear across India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia.
Courtesy Art Gallery of New South Wales
Aepyornis Maximus fossilised egg: The Madagascan Elephant Bird stood over 3m tall. This egg washed up on the WA coast, 7,000 km from its native home. Aepyornis Maximus fossilised egg: The Madagascan Elephant Bird stood over 3m tall. This egg washed up on the WA coast, 7,000 km from its native home.
Courtesy Western Australian Museum
Clay model boat, Royal Cemetery, Ur, 2500 BC: This model, made around 5,000 years ago, is one of the oldest depictions of a boat from the Indian Ocean.Clay model boat, Royal Cemetery, Ur, 2500 BC: This model, made around 5,000 years ago, is one of the oldest depictions of a boat from the Indian Ocean.
© The Trustees of the British Museum
Engraved ‘Gaara’ Pearlshell by Aubrey Tigan Galiwa (dec).:Saltwater design by the late Aubrey Tigan Galiwa, master pearlshell carver and senior Mayala man from the West Kimberley.Engraved ‘Gaara’ Pearlshell by Aubrey Tigan Galiwa (dec).:Saltwater design by the late Aubrey Tigan Galiwa, master pearlshell carver and senior Mayala man from the West Kimberley.
Courtesy Western Australian Museum
Mentawai Islands, Indonesia 2016: This painting depicts the effects of globalisation and climate change on the Mentawai Islands in the Indian Ocean.  Mentawai Islands, Indonesia 2016: This painting depicts the effects of globalisation and climate change on the Mentawai Islands in the Indian Ocean.
Courtesy Larry Mitchell

Public Programs

'A dip in the Indian Ocean’: Monthly Family Friendly Tours

What happened when three children found a giant egg and what bird did it come from?
Join us for a family-friendly tour that kids will love. Each month features a different highlight object.

All tours run from 10.30am - 11.15am

Focus Object - Dishes: Event Closed - Sat 5 Nov 

Focus Object - Riji:   Event Closed - Sat 10 Dec 

Focus Object - Cameo:   Event Closed - Sat 14 Jan 

Focus Object - Dentalium:   Event Closed - Sat 11 Feb

Focus Object - Clove Boat:   Book - Sat 11 March

Focus Object - Market Stall:   Book - Sat 8 Apr

Special Curatorial Floortalks - Ben van den Bercken

Friday 13 January
2.30pm - 2.45pm

Gemma. Constantiniana

Gemma Constantiniana
Image copyright Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden

Join international guest Ben van den Bercken, Assistant Curator of Engraved Gems, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (Netherlands), to discover the secrets of one of the most exquisite objects in this exhibition. The jewelled cameo, crafted in 312 CE to celebrate Roman Emperor Constantine’s battle victory, visited Western Australia in 1629, when it wrecked aboard on the Abrolhos Islands. Join us in an exclusive opportunity to learn more about its fascinating story and world travels.

Special Curatorial Floortalk - Ben van den Bercken: Event Closed - Fri 13 Jan

Ben van den Bercken will additionally be the guest expert for the 'A dip in the Indian Ocean' monthly curator's tour on Sunday 15 January.

'A dip in the Indian Ocean’: Monthly Curator’s Tours

Take a guided tour through the exhibition with curators and experts who share behind-the-scenes insights into objects and stories of the Indian Ocean world.
Each month features a different highlight object.

All tours run from 11.30am - 12.15pm

Focus Object - Dishes:  Event Closed - Sun 6 Nov 

Focus Object - Riji:   Event Closed - Sun 11 Dec 

Focus Object - Cameo:   Event Closed - Sun 15 Jan

Focus Object - Dentalium:   Event Closed - Sun 12 Feb

Focus Object - Clove Boat:   Book - Sun 12 March

Focus Object - Market Stall:   Book - Sun 9 Apr

Harbour Sundays Exhibition Exclusive

After a jam-packed 2016, Harbour Sundays is back for 2017. This free live music event runs over five weekends and showcases some of Perth’s premier musicians.

An exclusive Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World tour with the exhibition’s curator, Corioli Souter, will be running before each Harbour Sunday session.

Join this special event and learn fascinating insights about the exhibition’s unique objects, before grooving the night away on the balcony of the WA Maritime Museum.

For more information click here.

Past Events

Curator Talks

Tuesday 1 November
11.00am - 11.15am

Tamar Davidowitz, Metals Conservator at the Rijksmuseum shares insights into the conservation of the Hartog Dish.

Wednesday 2 November
11.00am - 11.45am

An exclusive, opening week opportunity to join exhibition curators JD Hill, Head of Research at the British Museum and Corioli Souter, Maritime Archaeologist, on a guided tour of the exhibition.
Find out what their favourite objects are!

Thursday 3 November
11.00am - 11.45am

An exclusive, opening week opportunity to join exhibition curators JD Hill, Head of Research at the British Museum and Corioli Souter, Maritime Archaeologist, on a guided tour of the exhibition.
Find out what their favourite objects are!


Free Audio Tours

Learn about objects and artefacts within the exhibition from researchers and curators. Look for the headphone symbol within the gallery and stream the audio using our online audio guide.

Start "Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World"
 

Start "Travellers and Traders: Emotional Histories - the Dutch in the Indian Ocean"
 

 

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Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World has been developed by the Western Australian Museum in partnership with the British Museum.  
The exhibition is supported by the Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance (AGIEI) Program. This program provides funding for the purchase of insurance for significant cultural exhibitions.  Without AGIEI, the high cost of insuring significant cultural items would prohibit this major exhibition from touring to Australia.

Image Map

 

Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan (PCOL)


Copyright Western Australian Museum

Getting Here

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Address

Victoria Quay,
Fremantle,
Western Australia,
6160,
Australia

Phone
1300 134 081

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By Train
The WA Maritime Museum is located within walking distance of Fremantle Station visit the Transperth website for timetables.

By Bus
The WA Maritime Museum is serviced by the free Fremantle Cat Service, at stop 24. Visit the Transperth website for timetables and details.

By Car
Paid parking is available in the City of Fremantle car park just outside the WA Shipwrecks Museum. Additional paid parking is available in the Wilsons car park at the WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay which is a short walk from the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

By Ferry
Captain Cook Cruises offer a range of ferry services from Perth which stop nearby at B-Shed ferry terminal.

Accessibility
Comprehensive accessibility information about the WA Maritime Museum can be found on the Access WA website.