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




NAIDOC COMMUNITY OPEN DAY

It was a cold misty morning when Sandra Morgan came down to open the gate for George so he could start his fire for his camp oven cooking – catering for the mobs that would join the NAIDOC celebrations later in the morning. People slowly started to trickle in – over 30 stallholders had booked   → View item

Opening of PLAY THE BALL – a Cherbourg Sports Exhibition

We began our Ration Shed NAIDOC celebrations up at the cemetery with the unveiling of a tombstone to commemorate  one of Cherbourg’s great sporting hero’s, Frank “Bigshot” Fisher. Lillian Gray, Frank’s daughter and her nephew Gary Fisher organised the event. Stevie Hart   → View item

Play the Ball Exhibition – the story of sport in Cherbourg

EXHIBITION TO OPEN DURING NAIDOC – Launch on 7th July; Public opening 8th July, in the Boys’ Dormitory building. <> Play the Ball is a photographic, multi-media and oral history exhibition that tells the story of sport in Cherbourg. Cherbourg is a small community that has produced   → View item

Ration Shed wins National Museum Award

The Ration Shed is pleased to announce that it has won an award at the annual Museums Australia MAGNA awards ceremony in held in Launceston on the 17 May 2014. The awards…recognise the significant positive impact of our highest achievers in contributing to the sector by establishing benchmark excell   → View item

Gordon Hookey mixes it at the Ration Shed!

There is so much great talent in Cherbourg and it was wonderful to see it being nurtured by, well-known Indigenous artist Gordon Hookey.  He ran a two-day art workshop for local artists at the Ration Shed Museum. Gordon has exhibited his artwork globally and is originally from Cloncurry and is now b   → 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