Issuing rations at Barambah Aboriginal Settlement 1907

1905 — The first Ration Shed is constructed.
Rations are issued daily and later, weekly. Tea, sugar, rice, salt, sago, tapioca, split peas, porridge, flour and meat are given out in small amounts at the ration shed.
People are able to supplement these foods with their normal diet of bush tucker – from hunting, fishing and local plants. However these are limited by the size of the land at Barambah.


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