Typical examples of ceramics from the collections of the Thunder Bay Museum: a cheese tray, a Royal Worcester flower pot and two Chamberlain’s Worcester matching vases each from the early twentieth century.

Like many of the fine things in the Museum’s collection, these came from the household of one of the community’s early pioneer families, in this case that of George A. Graham.

Mr. Graham was co-owner of Graham & Horne, one of the earliest sawmills in Fort William (dating to the 1870s) and later went on to become involved in a great variety of business enterprises from real estate development to shipping lines. President of the Board of Trade and much experienced in business matters, he was an authority in the community. The family’s home was outfitted in the finest British manner as these fine examples of porcelain art attest. For archives related to some of Mr. Grahams’s enterprises, see the papers of J.T. Horne.