Educational Activities

Educational Activities

View the activities that the Ration Shed has to offer and discover what a day at the Ration Shed can give your kids. View now

Join the growing number of participating schools

Join the growing number of participating schools

See how other schools have brought the Australian curriculum alive by visiting the Ration Shed Museum. View now

Book your School tour with us today

Book your School tour with us today

Booking is easy and help is available with catering. Find out how. View now


At the Ration Shed, we want visitors to experience what life was like for our people living under the Aboriginal Protection Act during much of the 20th century, and to share the many wonderful aspects of traditional Aboriginal culture and contemporary Cherbourg life. We want students to really understand the rich and varied history of this settlement and the people who live here.

We’ve developed some exciting interactive resources for all interests – including books, worksheets, videos, art objects, online photographic and oral history collections, onsite displays and exhibitions, guided tours and art workshops. Many of these have been developed specifically for use by schools as part of curriculum-based Indigenous studies.

These have been designed to be enjoyable, fun, informative and educational.

We welcome school groups, university students and general visitors to the Ration Shed. If you can’t make it out to Cherbourg to see us, then go to and where you can join our community and access these resources.

Accommodation and other interests

For reasonable accommodation and another point of interest, we suggest you visit the Barambah Educational Centre. The Centre is 40 minutes from the Ration Shed Museum.

The Barambah Environmental Education Centre is an Education Queensland residential camp facility situated in Wratten’s National Park 50 km west of Gympie and 48 km east of Murgon. Students visiting the centre have access to a range of forest areas that are rich in human history and natural diversity.  The Centre is situated on a traditional Aboriginal pathway, and the local environment and Centre facilities provide visiting students with unique opportunities to study first-hand cultural perspectives, diverse environments, human impact on the environment and sustainable living technologies and practices.  For further information please phone 0741 688 190 or email

Recent Education News

Elder Eric Law educates kids about local history.

A small P – 6 school situated approximately 20 minutes drive outside of Ipswich City Their school situated on Yuggera Country, have been utilizing resources found at the Ration Shed. Our Class have been learning about our early Australian history through the lens of our First Nations people. We are   → View item

ANZAC educational App launched on ANZAC DAY

The Ration Shed and Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council held a special Anzac Day commemoration on ANZAC Day which included the unveiling of a new high-tech Digital App to preserve the town’s military history. The ceremony featured traditional Anzac Day activities – a march, wreath-laying, flag raisin   → View item

A Light Horse Brigade in Cherbourg?

The recent Centenary of Remembrance prompts many questions concerning the history of our Indigenous soldiers. The first question that many people ask is: why did more than 1,000 Indigenous Australians serve in the war when the Defence and Aboriginal Protection Acts barred them from joining the armed   → View item

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