Welcome to the Cherbourg Memory

The Cherbourg Memory is a site for the people of Cherbourg and the people of the world. We offer you a window to our world – the Aboriginal people in South East Queensland, Australia. On this site we tell stories of our people – why they were brought here and what they have become over the 110 years they have lived here. It is a difficult and sometimes sad story, but it is essentially a story of survival and hope.

We welcome you to join the Cherbourg Memory Community – to participate by sharing your stories, by connecting with our people, by telling us about your world.

Where do I go now?

There are a number of ways to explore the Memory. We recommend first time visitors explore the Decade by Decade view which gives an overview of the story of our community. Next, explore some of the important themes that have shaped life in Cherbourg in Timelines or use our search function to discover tagged items in the archive.

Learn more about the Memory

Find out more about the aims of the Memory project, the people behind it, the contributors, and copyright and site moderation on the About page. See how you can Participate in the project, how to add comments and how to engage with members of the Cherbourg Community. Students and educators can explore the Education pages for resources and further links.


Exploring the Memory

There are a number of ways to explore the MEMORY. Find out more about the viewing and search options by watching the step-by-step video [COMING SOON]or read a step-by-step text instruction Learn more

The Cherbourg Memory is an initiative of the Rationshed Museum and brings together the photos, videos, oral history recordings, documents and other artifacts of our lives on this settlement. It a website, an archive, an educational resource, a recording project, a research data-base, a store of the people’s stories and an interactive space for comments and engagement. We encourage the people of Cherbourg, the Indigenous communities in Australia and others who have experience of our settlement to help us create a living archive of Barambah-Cherbourg. So find out a little more about the Cherbourg Memory, discover how you can Participate, or find out how you can Contribute to the development of the Cherbourg Memory.