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 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




Laurie Nilsen runs art workshop in Cherbourg

The Cherbourg Yidding artists were fortunate to be able to participate in a wonderful workshop run by well-known Indigenous artists Laurie Nilsen. Laurie is from Manadandanji country. He trained in graphic arts and uses drawing, painting and sculpture as a medium. His works often feature barbed wire   → View item

HIPPY Coordinator Position at Ration Shed

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (known as HIPPY) is a free two-year, home-based early childhood learning program that empowers parents, grandparents or carers to be their child’s first teacher HIPPY is supported by research that shows that children’s most powerful learning co   → View item

Golden Oldies 25th!

Every year some of the Ration Shed team work hard to organise the Cherbourg “Golden Oldies”. Golden Oldies is for the over-50s. It was started 25 years ago when some elders in the community decided they were tired of catching up with old friends only at funerals. They wanted to organise an event onc   → View item

Remembering the DOMO Girls

In 2013 we made a film about the Boys Dormitory system in Cherbourg called “The Domo Boys”. Many people encouraged us to also make a film and honour the stories of the Dormitory girls. This year, we were fortunate to receive funding from The Healing Foundation to do this. The Girls Dormitory in Cher   → View item

Mosaic Workshop a hit!

At the end of our Mosaic workshop, the Many Threads knitters and sewers, vowed to put down their needles and focus solely on mosaicking for the rest of the year. Everyone loved the process and mosaic fever runs high! It was a two day, woman’s wellbeing and mosaicking workshop, facilitated by Grace B   → View item

Woodford to Cherbourg Walk 2015

The walk from Woodford to Cherbourg is a commemoration of the forced removal practice where Aboriginal (Men, Women & Children) were removed to Barambah (now known as Cherbourg), and remained for generations to come. This event is organised by Yalari Ltd and occurs every two years.  This year on   → 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