Welcome to the Ration Shed Museum
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,
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
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
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
We’ve had our new shade cloth installed. This means that when school students and visitors come and visit us, they won’t have to sit in the blazing sun anymore. The design on the cloth was made by our local artists – The Yidding artists. This project was funded by the Gambling Comm → View item
The Ration Shed Museum will be open until the 24th December. Come on down and visit us, have a cuppa and buy your Xmas gifts from our shop. We will be closed from the 25th December until the 5th of January 2015. We wish you all a peaceful and Happy Festive Season. → View item
The Many Threads group has been running for two years. There is a core group of 15 women that meet in the Boys Dormitory every Wednesday to yarn, sew and connect with each other. The IAS and the Barambah Medical Centre fund workshop activities and most of the materials and equipment but the women al → View item