The Ration Shed Museum
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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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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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




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

Meeting with Council to create a thriving tourist venue and conference centre

The Management committee recently invited all the Council members and the Mayor to a meeting at the Ration Shed Museum. At the meeting the committee discussed working with council to turn part of the Boys Dormitory into a conference centre and a thriving Art Studio. The first conference is being pla   → View item

Sport Research and archive

Two researchers at the University of Queensland have teamed up with the Ration Shed Museum to conduct research on the history of sport in Cherbourg. They traveled up with Dr. Jackie Huggins to discuss how the information could be used. Various ideas were discussed like putting together a display and   → View item

Recording Elders history

Film makers Sandra Morgan and Robyn Hofmeyr received funding from Museum and Gallery Services Queensland to record the history of two Cherbourg Elders. They traveled up to Rockhampton to interview Edgar Hatfield and Oliver Holt. Both of the Elders are in their eighties and grew up in the Boys Dormit   → 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