The Ration Shed Museum
Administration Assistant Position

Administration Assistant Position

The Ration Shed Museum is advertising a post for Administration Assistant for the Cherbourg Historical Precinct, to see us...

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Manager Position at Ration Shed Museum

Manager Position at Ration Shed Museum

  The Ration Shed Museum is very excited to advertise a Manager for the Cherbourg Historical Precinct, to see us...

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Celebrating NAIDOC 2016 in the rain!

Celebrating NAIDOC 2016 in the rain!

  We organized our community NAIDOC Open Day for the 5th of July and had been planning it for weeks....

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DOMO Girls Premiere

DOMO Girls Premiere

We started making the DOMO Girls Film in 2015 and many former DOMO Girls were invited to participate. The...

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30 Principals sleep over in the Boys Dormitory

30 Principals sleep over in the Boys Dormitory

30 principals were invited to the Ration Shed museum to have an immersive experience of growing up in Cherbourg...

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2016 Reconciliation Fun Run - a great success!

2016 Reconciliation Fun Run - a great success!

Our third Reconciliation Fun Run was a great success – a day of building bridges, having fun and healthy...

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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




Minister Desley Boyle pays a visit

Minister Desley Boyle recently paid a visit to the Ration Shed Museum. Ada Simpson gave her a tour of the Precinct.   → View item

Indigenous prisoners build furniture for Cherbourg Ration Shed Museum and skills for the future

Furniture built by Indigenous prisoners at Maryborough Correctional Centre (MCC) was delivered to Cherbourg’s historic Ration Shed Museum. MCC General Manager Trevor Craig said five timber picnic tables and two bench seats were built as part of Work Skills training for the prisoners. “During the con   → View item

Ration Shed film in finals of Film Festival

The film “The Ration Shed” is in the finals of the Queensland short film competition. The  film was made by Sandra Morgan and Robyn Hofmeyr and is about the story of the Ration Shed. It is 20 minutes long and contains interviews with Elders, archival footage and photographs. (DVD copies   → View item

Stronger Smarter at the Cherbourg Ration Shed

The Stronger Smarter Institute, led by Dr Chris Sarra, became the first organisation to take advantage of the new Ration Shed Museum’s conference facilities at the Cherbourg Historical Precinct in the South East Queensland community in October. A ward in the historic Boys’ Dormitory has been opened   → View item

Artists plan exhibition

    Some of our Cherbourg artists are working with the Ratartat artists from Ballarat and planning an exhibition at the Cairns Arts Festival for next year. Regular painting camps are being organized every few months and artists are exploring different ways of telling their stories. If you   → 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