Map of Barambah Aboriginal Reserve February 23 1901

23 February 1901 – Cherbourg begins as Barambah Settlement, a reserve of 2800 hectares. Salvation Army missionary, William J Thompson, is appointed the superintendent. He camps with small numbers of local people on the banks of Barambah Creek.
Numbers are boosted in May when the Home Secretary transfers forty Aboriginals from the Durundur settlement, near Woodford, after their removal from Western Queensland in June 1900. Thirty-three more join them from Kilkivan.
Little is done to develop the settlement. Aborigines live in bark humpies, Thompson under canvas.


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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.