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




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

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

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