The Ration Shed Museum
Celebrating NAIDOC 2016 in the rain!

Celebrating NAIDOC 2016 in the rain!

  We organized our community NAIDOC Open Day for the 5th of July and had been planning it for weeks....

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DOMO Girls Premiere

DOMO Girls Premiere

We started making the DOMO Girls Film in 2015 and many former DOMO Girls were invited to participate. The...

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30 Principals sleep over in the Boys Dormitory

30 Principals sleep over in the Boys Dormitory

30 principals were invited to the Ration Shed museum to have an immersive experience of growing up in Cherbourg...

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2016 Reconciliation Fun Run - a great success!

2016 Reconciliation Fun Run - a great success!

Our third Reconciliation Fun Run was a great success – a day of building bridges, having fun and healthy...

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Many Threads organise International Women's Day event

Many Threads organise International Women's Day event

The Many Threads group organised a special celebration for International Women's Day on the 9th of March. The room...

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Laurie Nilsen runs art workshop in Cherbourg

Laurie Nilsen runs art workshop in Cherbourg

The Cherbourg Yidding artists were fortunate to be able to participate in a wonderful workshop run by well-known Indigenous...

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Welcome to the Ration Shed Museum

Sandra Morgan, Cherbourg ChairpersonGreetings

I’m Sandra Morgan, chairperson of the Ration Shed Museum. I was raised in Cherbourg and have lived here all my life and I’m passionate about preserving our history.

We use the Ration Shed as a space to tell our stories and we would like visitors to see and experience what life was like for our people living under the Aboriginal Protection Act during the first half of the 20th century, as well as show them the many wonderful aspects of Aboriginal culture and contemporary Cherbourg life.

We hope 2016 is going to be a good year. We have lots of projects and improvements planned for this year. We are adding another historical building to our site – The Domestic Science building. This is where we were sent to be trained as domestic workers and house maids. The building is being restored and renovated and we will be running the HIPPY project there (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters) and the Many Threads group (a craft initiative) will be housed there.

We also have a vibrant education program in place for schools and visitors. View our Education page to explore what we have to offer. We hope this site will encourage you to come and visit us at the Ration Shed Museum.

Come and visit us and share our dream. I look forward to meeting you,

Sandra




Celebrating NAIDOC 2016 in the rain!

  We organized our community NAIDOC Open Day for the 5th of July and had been planning it for weeks. In the early morning of the 5th – it began pouring with rain. The phones were ringing hot – “were we going to go ahead and celebrating NAIDOC?”  was the question we were asked. We made the   → View item

DOMO Girls Premiere

We started making the DOMO Girls Film in 2015 and many former DOMO Girls were invited to participate. The film was directed by Mark Newman and produced by Sandra Morgan & Robyn Hofmeyr. Sandra Morgan narrates the film. It is 33 minutes in length. This last week we finally launched the film durin   → View item

30 Principals sleep over in the Boys Dormitory

30 principals were invited to the Ration Shed museum to have an immersive experience of growing up in Cherbourg and living Under the Aboriginal Protection Act. They stayed for two days. Manager of the North Coast Indigenous Education Department, Sally Lawrence organized the event along with the Rati   → View item

2016 Reconciliation Fun Run – a great success!

Our third Reconciliation Fun Run was a great success – a day of building bridges, having fun and healthy living. Over 450 runners registered. It was a great crowd – locals from Cherbourg, Murgon, various celebrities, Mayor Arnold Murray from Cherbourg, Keith Campbell from the South Burnett and Kathy   → View item

Many Threads organise International Women’s Day event

The Many Threads group organised a special celebration for International Women’s Day on the 9th of March. The room was decorated with purple and green balloons and all the Elders and women of Cherbourg were invited to the celebration. Everyone was encouraged to wear purple, a symbol for the wo   → View item

Laurie Nilsen runs art workshop in Cherbourg

The Cherbourg Yidding artists were fortunate to be able to participate in a wonderful workshop run by well-known Indigenous artists Laurie Nilsen. Laurie is from Manadandanji country. He trained in graphic arts and uses drawing, painting and sculpture as a medium. His works often feature barbed wire   → View item

Visit the Cherbourg Memory Project

Our Cherbourg Memory web app allows you to browse our archive of photos and videos as well as discovering aboriginal history in South East Qld with our Decade by Decade and Theme timeline apps. » View now