Cooktown men at Barambah Aboriginal Settlement 1908

“Each tribe retains its customs, although they fraternise well. The western blacks hold corroborees frequently, and to some extent look down on the Burnett blacks because they have lost this art of handing down their history”
— the Queenslander, June 1907


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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.