The Ration Shed Museum launches Cherbourg history book in Brisbane

Mar 31, 2014

Last Thursday the Ration Shed Museum held the Brisbane launch of their book On the Banks of the Barambah – A History of Cherbourg at kuril dhagun at the State Library of Queensland. My role in the project was to design the visual concept for the 96-page publication, lay out all the stories and photos, and integrate colourful paintings by local Cherbourg artist Robert ‘Rocko’ Langton.

A fantastic audience of people young and old turned up to support the event, including many who bought extra copies of the book to donate to Cherbourg Elders. It was terrific to see the community get behind the book and feel a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing that their stories, and those of their families, will not be forgotten.

I was one of three people to win a lucky door prize of a Ration Shed Museum souvenir tea towel and a DVD celebrating the Barambah-Cherbourg Centenary. The tea towel features artwork of a permit to be absent from the Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement. In 1971 it was no longer an offence for an Aboriginal person to leave a reserve without a permit, however permission from the authorities was still required.

To read more about the event and to see photos, visit the Ration Shed Museum website

The Ration Shed Museum souvenir tea towel

Books on sale at the State Library of Queensland