Morning parade at Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement c1930

At 7.45am every morning from Monday to Friday the whistle at the sawmill is blown to notify the men to assemble in front of the Superintendent’s Office. At 8am a second whistle is blown to inform them to line up for ‘Roll Call’ and to receive work orders (from the Superintendent and a clerk — far right). Finally, before going to their various jobs, the men were required to salute the Australian flag flying from the flagpole at the front of the office.


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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.