The CHERBOURG MEMORY aims to tell a comprehensive story of Cherbourg…
Because our history has been confused and obscured it’s important for us as the First Nation Australians to have a clear picture of ourselves through the stories of our past; to know our family and clan roots; and to speak out loudly and clearly about whom we are today.
This is a call-out to the Cherbourg Community, to all the Murris of Queensland, to all Indigenous peoples of Australia and to everyone who has knowledge and experience of the history of the Murris in this part of Queensland to contribute to this project.
Behind every picture lie many stories. The CHERBOURG MEMORY is a tool to capture those stories…
So – as you go through the MEMORY, add to what we have said about each photo or video.
Look at the images – read the captions, make a comment if you have something to add. Maybe it is an image of your nana or your cousin or of you– if you know names that are missing, add them, if you can list out the other relatives add that in, if you can tell a story about the image please do so.
Find out how to add a comment > click here Using this Site. As we go forward, we’ll begin to create folders of families, of events and of significant moments in our past. In this way we will build our story for ourselves, for our children and for the world.
We also encourage you to add your own photos – from old family albums and even recent images that tell the story of yourself and your world. We’re also very keen for members of the community to contribute images of community events that help tell the Cherbourg story. If you don’t have the technology, bring the photos, the albums and the videos to us – we’ll scan them for you.
We call on anyone who has images, documents, artifacts, old films, voice recordings or any object of interest to contact us with a view to sharing these on the CHERBOURG MEMORY.
We ask that people be aware and sensitive when participating in the MEMORY. Stories are about people lives and can be controversial and sometimes hurtful. While the site is strictly moderated it is important that all historical images, artifacts and statements are offered by contributors in the spirit of “good community”.
Members of the worldwide community are also very welcome to enter and explore the site. You are encouraged to identify yourself and join the MEMORY. We are particularly keen to hear from other First Nations groups and similar projects to this one. We want to hear from everyone – so please engage with us – in the spirit of “good community” – and tell us your stories, ask questions, connect with our community.
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.
Disclaimer and Warning. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island viewers are advised this site contains images of deceased persons. Whilst we have taken every precaution, it may be that we inadvertently post an image or document which offends or is incorrect. If this occurs, please advise us and we shall immediately rectify the error.