The Ration Shed Museum
75th anniversary of the evacuation of Torres Strait Islanders

75th anniversary of the evacuation of Torres Strait Islanders

On the 14th of September a potent ceremony was held at the Ration Shed Museum to acknowledge the 75th...

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ReFire Project

ReFire Project

At the launch of the Barambah Pottery exhibition: Barambah <> Cherbourg <> Art <> Craft at kuril dhagun (State Library of Queensland) in...

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Making Exterior artworks & furniture

Making Exterior artworks & furniture

Local artists worked closely with Ratartat, a group of Specialist artists and a master craftsman, Owen Foale to produce...

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Book making workshop for HIPPY caregivers

Book making workshop for HIPPY caregivers

On the 6th and 7th of June HIPPY Cherbourg and Budburra Books, organised a book making workshop for HIPPY...

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2017 Fun Run - best yet!

2017 Fun Run - best yet!

This is the fourth Fun Run we have had and over 500 runners and walkers took part – a...

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A moving ANZAC Ceremony in Cherbourg

A moving ANZAC Ceremony in Cherbourg

A beautiful ANZAC ceremony was held in Cherbourg on ANZAC Day.  To honour the Black Diggers from WW1, a...

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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 2017 is going to be a good year. There are big changes planned for this year as we develop and grow bigger. We are putting in place strong governance practices and are advertising for a new Administration Officer and Manager. Our early Year Project HIPPY (Home Based Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters) is in its 2nd year and going from strength to strength. Arts QLD have funded us to run a Pottery project and we are going to be revitalising our Boys Dormitory exhibition, creating more educational content for school and continuing to restore and renovate our historic buildings.

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. We are always on the look out for support and feedback.

Our opening hours are from 9am-4pm – Monday until Thursday. Friday 9am- 1pm. Bookings for weekends can only be made for large groups and will incur a extra fee.

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

Sandra




75th anniversary of the evacuation of Torres Strait Islanders

On the 14th of September a potent ceremony was held at the Ration Shed Museum to acknowledge the 75th anniversary of the evacuation of Torres Strait Islanders from the Torres Strait during WW11. It is a forgotten and painful history. 170 men, women and children from Thursday, Horn and Hammond Island   → View item

ReFire Project

At the launch of the Barambah Pottery exhibition: Barambah <> Cherbourg <> Art <> Craft at kuril dhagun (State Library of Queensland) in December 2016 Aunty Sandra officially announced that Arts Queensland had generously granted funding to reignite decorative ceramic production in    → View item

Making Exterior artworks & furniture

Local artists worked closely with Ratartat, a group of Specialist artists and a master craftsman, Owen Foale to produce garden furniture and exterior art works. Local Artists collaborated on the designs and where taught carving and various other skills. The art works and the furniture all form part   → View item

Book making workshop for HIPPY caregivers

On the 6th and 7th of June HIPPY Cherbourg and Budburra Books, organised a book making workshop for HIPPY parents. Local Cherbourg artists were trained by specialist artists first. They then became tutors and helpers. 10 parents attended the 2-day event and each parent produced a take home book for   → View item

2017 Fun Run – best yet!

This is the fourth Fun Run we have had and over 500 runners and walkers took part – a record attendance. It is a major fundraiser for the Ration Shed Museum but it is so much more than that too – it’s about Reconciliation, Fun, Friendship, health, families and bringing people together. The race star   → View item

A moving ANZAC Ceremony in Cherbourg

A beautiful ANZAC ceremony was held in Cherbourg on ANZAC Day.  To honour the Black Diggers from WW1, a smoking ceremony took place calling the spirits of fallen soldiers back to country while children held photo’s or the names of the soldiers. All soldiers were honoured and afterwards partici   → 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