The Ration Shed Museum
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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2017 Fun Run - best yet!

2017 Fun Run - best yet!

This is the fourth Fun Run we have had and over 500 runners and walkers took part – a...

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A moving ANZAC Ceremony in Cherbourg

A moving ANZAC Ceremony in Cherbourg

A beautiful ANZAC ceremony was held in Cherbourg on ANZAC Day.  To honour the Black Diggers from WW1, a...

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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




“Boys From Barambah” – Our Black Diggers from WW1

On the Tuesday the 21st of April, a yearlong project finally came to fruition and we launched “The Boys from Barambah” project. “The Boys from Barambah”, is the story of 47 Barambah/Cherbourg men who played a part in WW1. It tells the story of our small community’s contribution to the Great Wa   → View item

Many Threads workshops for young girls

During the Easter Holidays we held a two day yarning and craft workshop for young girls which was called “Trash to Fashion”. The workshop was about self esteem, reflecting on feelings and needs and getting creative! Elders who who had sewing skills, were on hand to help the girls learn t   → View item

“Cherbourg That is my home” art exhibition

The Cherbourg Yidding Artists had an wonderful art exhibition opening at the Gympie Regional Gallery on the 7 Match. They exhibited their latest contemporary artworks which had grown from a variety of art workshops that were held at the Ration Shed Museum over the past year. It was a wonderful day a   → View item

Apology Event

On the 24 February we celebrated the Apology at the Ration Shed Museum. The event was held in the Boys Dormitory. Elder, Ada Simpson from the Ration Shed Museum and Tarita Fisher from Community Health, spoke passionately about what the Apology meant to them. Aunty Ada spoke about the survivors of th   → View item

St Mary’s teachers visit

35 Teachers from St. Mary’s Primary School in Ipswich visited us and were treated to a day, filled with personal stories and first hand accounts of what life was like growing up on the mission.  The teachers experienced first hand the various activities on offer to school groups through our excursio   → 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