Museums & Galleries Qld

Opening Timeline exhibition Cherbourg Rationshed Museum

Posted on: 4 July 2012

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On July 2, 2012 NAIDOC celebrations at Cherbourg featured the opening of the Timeline exhibition at the Ration Shed Museum. Invited guests who travelled from Brisbane and the South Burnett mingled with the elders, artists and the Moo Roo youth group who made everyone welcome. The cold but beautifully sunny day was another triumph of reconciliation for the museum who won the Queensland Premier’s Reconciliation Award in 2011. The Timeline exhibition is the latest interpretive feature of the museum and aims to provide an historical  context for visitors who also experience guided tours from the elders and view stories of life on the settlement on the many films created by Sandra Morgan and Robyn Hofmeyer. Produced by the Ration  Shed Museum and designed by Peter Trail, the timeline display traces the history of Cherbourg from the Barambah reserve created in 1901 to the resilient town of today. The casual visitor can use the headline stream of the timeline for an overview from Pre 1788, Invasion and Annihilation 1788-1800s, Dispossession 1880-1890s, Protection early 1900s, Segregation 1910s, Consolidation 1920s, Domination 1930s, Assimilation 1940s, Integration 1960s, Self- Determination 1970s & 1980s, Reconciliation 1990s and beyond. For those seeking a deeper understanding of life under the ACT, the body of the timeline and the dateline section provide rich research and historical photographs sourced from AITSIS – Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, Fryer Library, University of Queensland, Museum of Brisbane, National Library of Australia, Queensland Museum, Queensland State Archives, Queensland University of Technology, Radio Us Mob, Cherbourg and the State Library of Queensland. For more information visit the museum’s website


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