Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement c1938

A view of Cherbourg c.1938. Following the major building phase of the 1920s and early 1930s, the layout of contemporary Cherbourg has emerged.

Changes to the settlement landscape clearly define the enlarged administration area at the bottom of the photograph and the Aboriginal domain or Camp at the top. It is notable that the shelters the people have made themselves in the Camp are disappearing as more people are moved into the cottages.


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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.