There was plenty of action at the Ration Shed Museum during the month of July.
The old CWA Shed has been beautifully fixed up and restored and has been named “The Yidding Artists Studio and Gallery” Gerard and Jerry, the trainee workers were hard at work with the final touches. Rocko Langton designed the artwork for the fence and the workers cut the wood, painted the figures and fixed them to the fence. Rocko added the final artwork touches.
We’re hoping more local artists will come and use the facilities. There is so much talent and skill in our community and we would like to nurture these talents and encourage more youth to engage with the arts. In the long term we are planning to run many different art and craft workshops – screen printing, painting, wood carving, sculpture, sewing and embroidery and many others. Unfortunately we missed out on receiving a big arts funding grant this year but that wont stop us from looking for funds elsewhere.
The weather turned really cold but that didn’t seem to stop people visiting us. We always have time for a cuppa and a yarn with who ever comes along.
Transfield Services Indigenous Advisory Board (Wangan & Jagalinga Mob) had an all day meeting in our conference room in the Boys Dormitory. They also took some time out to look at our new Timeline exhibition.
Students from Caloundra State High School came for a tour and a visit and spent about 2 hours at the Ration Shed Museum this is the 2nd year they have visited us. It was wonderful to welcome them again.
Sally Lawrence, Aunty Faye and Aunty Honour – “Ration Shed Talking and Traveling tours” brought a busload of visitors from the Sunshine Coast to visit us at the Ration Shed Museum on a Saturday. They organise wonderful tours with Elders on board the bus. The Elders talk about their lives – growing in Cherbourg and on the way they stop at a wine farm for lunch – for more information about these tours please contact Sally on:
Cherbourg State School staff came to visit us one afternoon. We invited them to come so they could see our new Timeline installation. The feedback we received was very positive. Peter Sansby, principal of Cherbourg State School – wants to encourage other schools in the district to visit the Ration Shed as part of the schools NAIDOC celebrations and has kindly made some funds available for them to do this.
Eric and Shirley Law are great supporters of the Ration Shed Museum – they are always bringing various schools to visit us. Eric grew up in Cherbourg and is a wonderful tour guide and story teller. They brought a group organised by Uniting Care – 10 students and two teachers from Sydney College came to visit us.
Aunty Annie Moffatt has always been a staunch supporter of the Ration Shed. She has been very ill lately but still popped in to visit us. She spent the day looking at the Timeline Exhibition and having cups of tea and yarning with us all. These visits from our Elders fill us with great joy.