Map of Barambah Aboriginal Reserve February 23 1901
23 February 1901 – Cherbourg begins as Barambah Settlement, a reserve of 2800 hectares. Salvation Army missionary, William J Thompson, is appointed the superintendent. He camps with small numbers of local people on the banks of Barambah Creek.
Numbers are boosted in May when the Home Secretary transfers forty Aboriginals from the Durundur settlement, near Woodford, after their removal from Western Queensland in June 1900. Thirty-three more join them from Kilkivan.
Little is done to develop the settlement. Aborigines live in bark humpies, Thompson under canvas.