CHERBOURG

Cherbourg is a small satellite township attaché to Murgon. Cherbourg is an Aboriginal Settlement town that is for aboriginals and is serviced by indigenous within the community.

The town, formerly known as Barambah, was founded as a settlement for Aborigines in the early 1900s under a policy of segregation being pursued by the Government of Queensland. Its history has been described in at least two books, Dumping Ground by Thom Blake and Is That You Ruthie? By Ruth Hegarty.

In 1900, the Salvation Army negotiated for the establishment of the Barambah Aboriginal Reserve, which was gazetted over 7,000 acres (2,800 ha) on 23 February 1901. It was initially populated with a few local Aborigines, but others from the Esk region were soon sent to the reserve. Many were forcibly removed from their homes and "settled" at Barambah which was later renamed 'Cherbourg'. Sometimes they were sent there as punishment for refusing to work on white-owned farms. People from 109 different areas were mixed together and they were not allowed to speak their own languages.

The effect of mixing these different groups of people together and forcing them to speak English has been an almost total loss of their cultural heritage. Many of the languages are considered to be extinct, surviving only in notes and recordings stored at the University of Queensland. Which is once again a case of best intentions failing miserably?

The Cherbourg War Memorial is a traditional offering with the aboriginal flag making up the pavement.

The Cherbourg Church appears non-denominational.

The Cherbourg Museum is near the War Memorial.

When visiting Murgon, check to see if the Cherbourg Museum is open before the short drive to the township.

Heritage diary

 

 

  Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
  Campervans   Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
  Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club   Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service   Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
  Information   Hospital
  Hang Gliding   Golf Course