Historical information

This souvenir dish has been made by the German firm of Alka. The name comes from the surnames of the two proprietors, Alboth and Kaiser. This type of dish was made between 1938 and 1958. Tourism has been an important industry in the Warrnambool area for over 100 years and souvenir dishes of this kind were a popular buy by the visiting tourists. The dish features a scene from the Hopkins River, a fishing and recreational area in Warrnambool since the early days of European settlement. Souvenir dishes such as this one can be sometimes found in local second hand and opportunity shops.


This dish is of interest as an example of the high-quality souvenirs bought by local tourists in the Warrnambool area in the mid 20th century.

Physical description

This is a china dish made in a rounded-edged triangular shape. The rim is gilt-edged. In the centre of the dish is a coloured sketch/photograph of the Hopkins River in Warrnambool (Clifton Banks region).

Inscriptions & markings

‘Warrnambool Hopkins River’
‘Alka Bavaria Germany’