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Caroline Tennant-Kelly exhibition opens at Cherbourg Ration Shed Museum

Posted on: 5 July 2011

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Day one of the NAIDOC events at the Cherbourg Ration Shed Museum was a wonderful celebration on a beautiful sunny day, with Cherbourg Historical Pecinct looking great, lots of positive community energy, the new Ration Shed high school mentors in attendance and plenty of good will from invited guests.

University of Queensland anthropologists Kim de Rijke, Tony Jefferies and their families were amongst those made special  Friends of the Ration Shed at the opening of  Caroline Tennant-Kelly exhibition that their donation of digital research materials had made possible. Peter Trail designed the exhibition complete with magnifying glasses for community members to write on the blackboard labels the names of the people they recognised in her photos from the 1930s.

We heard the inspiring story of Caroline Tennant-Kelly, anthropologist and activist, whose field work in Cherbourg in the 1930s and her protests to the Queensland Government about the treatment of people there led to her banning from all Queensland reserves.  Also recognised on The Ration Shed Wall were Grahame & Stephanie Gooding who had stored Tennant-Kelly’s boxes of research materials after she died wondering who to give them to until they saw an add in the local paper from the UQ researchers. The research materials are now preserved in the Fryer Library at UQ and digital copies are being distributed to the Aboriginal communities she worked with in Queensland and New South Wales in the 1930s.

Others recognised on the Friends of The Ration Shed Wall were: Australian Government Indigenous Co-ordination Centre (ICC);   Greg Garred;  Jo Besley; Chris Sarra and the Stronger Smarter Indigenous Leadership Institute; Ann Baillie (M&GSQ) and Eva Collins. Aunty Eva is one of Cherbourg’s most prominent Elders and when she saw The Ration Shed were struggling she donated some of her pension money.

Day Two of the Cherbourg  NAIDOC event will  be a community celebration of  the Ration Shed Museum’s 2011 Reconciliation Award. Congratulations!


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