On July 2, NAIDOC celebrations at the Ration Shed Museum featured the opening of the Timeline exhibition. Invited guests came from Brisbane, Harvey Bay and the South Burnett and mingled with Cherbourg elders, artists and the Moo Roo youth group who were there to make everyone feel welcomed.
Our intention with this Time Line Project is to give visitors an overview and a sense of the complexities of the 100 year history of Cherbourg. It is also to give context to the personal stories of the Elders and community guides at the Ration Shed.
Over the next few months, the TIMELINE will be complimented by a detailed website, workbooks, videos and other interactive materials, all tailored to the school curriculum and for those wishing to study Aboriginal history. Schools and various Institutions will be able to purchase Educational packages. We hope this Timeline and the Educational resources we are developing will attract more visitors, students and academics to the Cherbourg Historical Precinct.
We would like to acknowledge and thank our key funders who made this exhibition possible.
- The Aboriginal Community Interest Consultative Committee (ACICC)
- The Australian Government Indigenous Co-ordination Centre (ICC).
- The Indigenous Arts Development Fund (IRADF)
The Timeline was designed by Peter Trail and many Elders, volunteers and workers that put in hours of work and research – Lesley Williams, Sandra Morgan, Mark Newman, Jo Besley, Ann Baillie, Ada Simpson, The Cherbourg Yidding artists, Jeanette Brown, the Ratartat artists, Jo-Anne Driessens, Grace Bond, Martina Jacobs, Grace Stanley, John Stanley, Katina Leedie and Robyn Hofmeyr and The Ration Shed Management team.
The Timeline Project is a work in progress and we hope to gather more information, artwork and photographs over time.
Beryl Gambrill opened the exhibition and it was wonderful to see so many supporters and visitors engaging with the material. The feedback we received on the day was wonderful.