Melba Saunders at Aboriginal Creations in Brisbane 1974

Industries such as the Curio Shop, the pottery, the boomerang factory and the toy koala workshop are considered a gold mine for the government. In 1972, the curio section produced 23,188 boomerangs, 1779 toy koalas and 200 bull roarers. These items are sold to visitors and tourists at Cherbourg and at Aboriginal Creations, a retail outlet in Brisbane.


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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.