WINNER OF THE GAMMA AWARDS
The Rationshed won a GAMMA AWARD for our Strong Women Shadow Boxes exhibition.
Sandra, Carol, Jeanette and Luella traveled to Caboolture to accept the award.
This award is dedicated to all those who participated & those involved with the exhibition.
FANTOME ISLAND SCREENING
We had a great day at the Ration Shed with the screening of a wonderful film – Fantome Island, a film about the notorious leprosy hospital next to Palm Island. We welcomed the film’s presenter Joe Eggmolesse, who was taken to Fantome at the age of 7 years from his home in Nambour. Joe and filmmaker, Sean Gilligan, travelled to Cherbourg to show the film to Elders and the Cherbourg community. The 40 people who attended the film were visibly moved by the power of Joe’s story.
The film is available for purchase at the Ration Shed shop for $25
NEW EQUIPMENT INSTALLED
We’ve had some new equipment installed in the Ration Shed and Boys Dormitory. a new motorised screen and projector and a mixer with new speakers. In the Boys Dormitory we have installed a new interactive white board. We were lucky enough to receive a grant from the Gambling fund.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
On the 13th of November we had our AGM.
The following people were elected – Sandra Morgan – Chairperson. Bevan Costello – Deputy Chairperson. Jeanette Brown – Treasurer. Robyn Hofmeyr – Secretary. Other committee members are: Ada Simpson, Rocko Langton and Nigel Daisy.
The Commissioner of Child Safety came to visit us with David Wragge who showed him around the Boys Dormitory. David is a former dormitory resident.
ABC radio came to visit and spent time recording a story about our local artists
The Department of Education, Training and Employment hired our conference room in the Boys Dormitory for a week. They ran an early years conference and it was good to see so many locals involved. We organised a dinner for them in the Ration Shed Museum.
THE GOLDEN OLDIES
Members of the Ration Shed Museum helped organise the Golden Oldies a special event for Cherbourg residents and those connected to Cherbourg who are over 50. Golden Oldies was set up to celebrate life – the Elders were tired of always only getting together at funerals. The Golden Oldies was a DEADLY day and a Murrioke was held at the Ration Shed. Everyone had a great time.
We received some wonderful donations from previous Cherbourg residents. A painted turtle shell was donated by Carmel and Tex Chapman and family. The Artwork was painted by Merna Jerome nee Hegarty.
Joe Skeen Snr came to visit the Rations Shed Museum. He is a former Dormitory Boy and spent some time walking through the dormitory. We are in the process of making a film about the Boys Dormitory and Joe is one of the participants. Joe is a great artists and donated some wonderful artwork.
The Titans 4 Tomorrow had their final function at the Ration Shed Museum. They have been great supporters of the Cherbourg community and donated a “Indigenous Player of the Century jersey” signed by team members that are still living. One of the great players chosen was Frank Fisher. Lillian Gray and Gwendoline Fisher were there to acknowledge the gift.