Edna Malone lights the cauldron at the Cherbourg leg of Olympic Torch Relay 2000

2000 — Cherbourg is the first and only Aboriginal community in Australia to host the Olympic torch.
“I will proudly carry the Torch for my loved ones who are near and dear to me. I will also be proud to carry the torch for my town, Cherbourg, and all the Indigenous Australians. This will be without a doubt one of the most memorable occasions in my life.”
Edna Malone — Olympic Torch Relay, 17 June 2000


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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.