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 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,

Sandra




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

Ration Shed film a winner!

Our film “The Ration Shed” won best Queensland short film at the Gympie International Heart of Gold Film Festival.  The film is 26 minutes long and tells the story of the Ration Shed – it has many moving interviews with Elders who have now past on. We are selling DVD copies for $22   → View item

“The Ration Shed” screens at Heart of Gold International film Festival

Sandra Morgan, Robyn Hofmeyr and Tanya Schneider were invited guests of the festival. The film was enthusiastically screened to a full house. The Management Committee is hoping that this will generate increased tourism to Cherbourg.   → 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