On Friday 31st October, the Ration Shed celebrated its 10th anniversary. We began our celebrations with a Welcome to Country and a welcome from our Chairperson, Sandra Morgan. The Barambah Dancers performed some deadly cultural dances. Afterwards everyone was asked to queue outside the Ration Shed window for rations. The last remaining Beetle gang member – Robert Langton Snr handed out “rations” to everyone. Not tea, sugar or split peas but some souveniers that we had organised.
People moved into the cool of the Boys Dormitory were we watched the Ration Shed film and appreciation certificates were handed out. We’ve come along way from the small Museum we once were in 2004. Over the years we have worked hard to become the cultural heart of Cherbourg.
Our success is demonstrated in the strength of the community’s involvement and the many people that use our precinct. Thousands of visitors come to the Ration Shed to hear from our community Elders and to experience part of the Aboriginal story for themselves. Numerous former Cherbourg residents have returned to the Ration Shed to engage in programs of healing and re-connection to people, country and their pasts. We’ve worked hard to promote reconciliation in the region and there has been noticeable strengthening of community ties. These and other achievements are cause for celebration. We are optimistic about the future and have big plans for the next 10 years.
Souvenier tea towels, cups and bags are available for purchase from our Museum shop. We want to thank Lesley Williams for funding part of these celebrations and DATSIMA and Jackie Yowell for their donations.
Photographs: Ricky Morgan