Decorated men and women at Cherbourg c1920

Ettie Meredith was three years old when she arrived on the settlement in 1905. She had no experience of tribal ways and learnt to speak only English. Through attending corroboreess, she did learn a few songs in language which she could still sing fifty years later. For Ettie Meredith and others, being able to sing a few songs in language was vital in maintaining their identity.


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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.