Welcome to the Ration Shed Museum
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 and sharing 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 know 2018 is going to be a good year. We are in the process of renovating some of our 5 historic buildings. We are carefully renovating to honour our history and culture. Please be patient with us as we go through this revitalisation process. Some historic buildings and displays are still accessible but others are off limits. Please keep visiting us – we need your support and can’t wait to show you the new exhibitions and displays and our more user friendly and renovated buildings. We envisage everything being completed towards the end of March 2018 but will keep you posted.
We 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,
We have had a flurry of visitors at the Ration Shed Museum this past week. The Stronger Smarter Leadership team booked the Precinct for the week to run their vibrant leadership program. Dr Chris Sarra was luckily available to sign the children’s book he wrote for Budburra Books – “ → View item
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
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
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
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
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