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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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HIPPY Coordinator Position at Ration Shed

HIPPY Coordinator Position at Ration Shed

  • The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (known as HIPPY) is a free two-year, home-based early childhood learning...

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Golden Oldies 25th!

Golden Oldies 25th!

Every year some of the Ration Shed team work hard to organise the Cherbourg “Golden Oldies”. Golden Oldies is...

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Remembering the DOMO Girls

Remembering the DOMO Girls

In 2013 we made a film about the Boys Dormitory system in Cherbourg called “The Domo Boys”. Many people...

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Mosaic Workshop a hit!

Mosaic Workshop a hit!

At the end of our Mosaic workshop, the Many Threads knitters and sewers, vowed to put down their needles...

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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




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

HIPPY Coordinator Position at Ration Shed

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (known as HIPPY) is a free two-year, home-based early childhood learning program that empowers parents, grandparents or carers to be their child’s first teacher HIPPY is supported by research that shows that children’s most powerful learning co   → View item

Golden Oldies 25th!

Every year some of the Ration Shed team work hard to organise the Cherbourg “Golden Oldies”. Golden Oldies is for the over-50s. It was started 25 years ago when some elders in the community decided they were tired of catching up with old friends only at funerals. They wanted to organise an event onc   → View item

Remembering the DOMO Girls

In 2013 we made a film about the Boys Dormitory system in Cherbourg called “The Domo Boys”. Many people encouraged us to also make a film and honour the stories of the Dormitory girls. This year, we were fortunate to receive funding from The Healing Foundation to do this. The Girls Dormitory in Cher   → View item

Mosaic Workshop a hit!

At the end of our Mosaic workshop, the Many Threads knitters and sewers, vowed to put down their needles and focus solely on mosaicking for the rest of the year. Everyone loved the process and mosaic fever runs high! It was a two day, woman’s wellbeing and mosaicking workshop, facilitated by Grace B   → 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