The Ration Shed Museum
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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Book making workshop for HIPPY caregivers

Book making workshop for HIPPY caregivers

On the 6th and 7th of June HIPPY Cherbourg and Budburra Books, organised a book making workshop for HIPPY...

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2017 Fun Run - best yet!

2017 Fun Run - best yet!

This is the fourth Fun Run we have had and over 500 runners and walkers took part – a...

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A moving ANZAC Ceremony in Cherbourg

A moving ANZAC Ceremony in Cherbourg

A beautiful ANZAC ceremony was held in Cherbourg on ANZAC Day.  To honour the Black Diggers from WW1, a...

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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




NAIDOC Open Day

On Tuesday the 5th of July we held our NAIDOC open day – everyone in the community was invited to attend. We also send open invitations to residents in the South Burnett. It was wonderful to see so many people arrive to support us. The Murgon State High School mentoring group were involved in   → View item

Opening of the Caroline Tennant-Kelly exhibition

The opening of the Caroline Tennant-Kelly exhibition Day was one of our special NAIDOC events at the Ration Shed Museum. It was a beautiful sunny day and the Cherbourg Historical Precinct was sparkling – thanks to all the hard work of our local workers. Guests arrived with lots of positive energy an   → View item

Historic photos and documents returned to Cherbourg

An exhibition of the lost works from the 1930’s of anthropologist Carolyn Tennant-Kelly launched at the Ration Shed Museum in Cherbourg for NAIDOC week, July 4th 2011. In 1989 near Kyogle in Northern NSW, a friend of Caroline Tennant Kelly’s, a local cattleman  Grahame Gooding was clearing out her h   → View item

Ration Shed works with youth in the community

Members of the Ration Shed Management committee are committed to working with youth in the community. A group of Indigenous mentors from Murgon State High State school are working in collaboration with the Ration Shed to organise events at the Ration Shed Museum for NAIDOC. An exhibition of the Caro   → View item

Ration Shed Museum is a Winner

http://www.reconciliation.qld.gov.au/awards/latest-winners.html The Premier’s Reconciliation Award was won last night by the Ration Shed. Management Committee members Sandra Morgan and Jeanette Brown were in Cairns to accept the award. This is a big coup for the people of Cherbourg and The Rat   → View item

Commonwealth Bank funding

The Commowealth Bank donated  $20,000 to help us out with the damage that occurred to the Boys Dormitory from the heavy rains in January. We will use the money to repair the roof and fix the floor in the Art studio. With a new-look art studio, we look forward to having more students participating in   → 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