Photographic Collections

In this theme we have assembled available images from the collections held in museums and institutions throughout Australia. These range from collections of images from people who have been involved with Cherbourg: people like Betty McKenzie, the daughter of Porteus Semple, Cyril Vock, a teacher at the Cherbourg Provisional School from 1935 until 1941, Hilda Seccombe, a nurse at Cherbourg Hospital in the 1960s and Ernest Brainwood and A Shankleton from the Aboriginal inland Mission. We also show the video and oral history collections that the Ration Shed has created and collected over the years.


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.