Nurse Hilda Secombe with Norman Cobbo at Cherbourg Hospital 1961

Hilda Secombe, a registered nurse works at Cherbourg Hospital in the 1960s. During her stay in Cherbourg she took many photographs. Her collection gives an insight of life at Cherbourg Hospital in the 1960s.


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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.