The Ration Shed Museum
A heart warming meeting!

A heart warming meeting!

The Ration Shed President, Aunty Sandra Morgan, had a surprise visit today. More than 50 years ago Sandra worked...

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Ration Shed AGM - 6 December 2017.

Ration Shed AGM - 6 December 2017.

The Ration Shed Museum Management Committee and Staff invite you to join us for our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Wednesday 6 December 2017 at the Ration Shed...

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Renovating the Buildings in the Ration Shed Museum Precinct!

Renovating the Buildings in the Ration Shed Museum Precinct!

The Cherbourg Historical Precinct recently received a grant from the Queensland Government’s ‘Building our Regions’ program for the revitalisation...

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75th anniversary of the evacuation of Torres Strait Islanders

75th anniversary of the evacuation of Torres Strait Islanders

On the 14th of September a potent ceremony was held at the Ration Shed Museum to acknowledge the 75th...

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ReFire Project

ReFire Project

At the launch of the Barambah Pottery exhibition: Barambah <> Cherbourg <> Art <> Craft at kuril dhagun (State Library of Queensland) in...

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Making Exterior artworks & furniture

Making Exterior artworks & furniture

Local artists worked closely with Ratartat, a group of Specialist artists and a master craftsman, Owen Foale to produce...

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Welcome to the Ration Shed Museum

Sandra Morgan, Cherbourg ChairpersonGreetings

I’m Sandra Morgan, chairperson of the Ration Shed Museum. I was raised in Cherbourg and have lived here all my life and I’m passionate about preserving our history.

We use the Ration Shed as a space to tell our stories and we would like visitors to see and experience what life was like for our people living under the Aboriginal Protection Act during the first half of the 20th century, as well as show them the many wonderful aspects of Aboriginal culture and contemporary Cherbourg life.

We hope 2017 is going to be a good year. There are big changes planned for this year as we develop and grow bigger. We are putting in place strong governance practices and are advertising for a new Administration Officer and Manager. Our early Year Project HIPPY (Home Based Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters) is in its 2nd year and going from strength to strength. Arts QLD have funded us to run a Pottery project and we are going to be revitalising our Boys Dormitory exhibition, creating more educational content for school and continuing to restore and renovate our historic buildings.

We also have a vibrant education program in place for schools and visitors. View our Education page to explore what we have to offer. We hope this site will encourage you to come and visit us at the Ration Shed Museum. We are always on the look out for support and feedback.

Our opening hours are from 9am-4pm – Monday until Thursday. Friday 9am- 1pm. Bookings for weekends can only be made for large groups and will incur a extra fee.

Come and visit us and share our dream. I look forward to meeting you,

Sandra




New trainee Admin worker

The Ration Shed Museum has employed a new trainee admin worker – Luella Blair. We very excited to have Luella joining our work team. Her position is part funded by the First Start Program a Department of Employment initiative. Julie Gee, the  Indigenous Employment & Training Manager for th   → View item

Japanese to visit regularly

On the first of March Suzie Langports from the English Language College in Brisbane brought two Japanese visitors to the Ration Shed – Nobu Eto who runs a company called Australia Ryugaku Centre and Aya Koshimizu from the Nippon University in Tokyo. The aim of the visit was to see what what th   → View item

1897 Survey Map of Cherbourg donated to the Ration Shed

Jim Reeves, the Director General of the Department of Resource Management and the Environment (DERM) and the new Champion of Cherbourg made a surprise visit to the Ration Shed Museum on the 23rd of February. He brought the most wonderful gift – a framed original copy of a 1897 Government Surve   → View item

Timeline on the move

A group of Cherbourg Yidding Artists came together to work with the Ratartat artists, Mark Newman, Peter Trail and Sandra Morgan to plan and paint a backdrop for the Timeline. The Timeline is going to be a permanent exhibition in the Ration Shed. It will depict and tell the story of the history of C   → View item

Rocko joins the Golden Oldies

We celebrated the the 50th Birthday of The Ration Shed’s only full time worker worker – Rocko Langton. We surprised him with a bunya-carrot cake! Rocko’s  one year internship is funded by the First Start Program, CDEP and Mission Australia and it ends in May. We are hoping we will   → View item

CWA Shed on the move

We are very excited – the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire have supported us to acquire the CWA shed as part of our Precinct. The shed , which was on the Jack O’Chin oval was moved, with assistance from the ICC, who gave us funding.  Jack Watson organised the move and we were amazed when one m   → View item

Visit the Cherbourg Memory Project

Our Cherbourg Memory web app allows you to browse our archive of photos and videos as well as discovering aboriginal history in South East Qld with our Decade by Decade and Theme timeline apps. » View now