The Cherbourg Historical Precinct recently received a grant from the Queensland Government’s ‘Building our Regions’ program for the revitalisation of the buildings and environments within the Precinct.
Work has now begun on the Boys’ Dormitory building. We began by stripping out the asbestos and then removing the 1980’s cladding that covered the beautiful old hardwood. We’ve also removed the old bower shed and concrete pathways, and will begin rebuilding inside and outside the building in the coming weeks.
Unfortunately, as the Boys’ Dormitory is now a building site, it will not be accessible to visitors for a few months. Once the building is completed, and the exhibitions and displays remounted, the Boys’ Dormitory will be a wonderful highlight in the museum precinct, allowing visitors to feel the power of the old building and the spirits of the hundreds of boys who lived there.
The Ration Shed Museum is still open for limited visits: to meet Elders, watch historic films in the Ration Shed, see the Boys from Barambah exhibition and visit our shop. The Boys’ Dormitory and other buildings and spaces will be out of operation during certain periods over the next few months.
The renovations will be complete by the end of January 2018, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the new and improved Ration Shed Museum!