Indigenous sport and heritage: Cherbourg's Ration Shed Museum

Phillips, Murray G., Osmond, Gary and Morgan, Sandra (2014) Indigenous sport and heritage: Cherbourg's Ration Shed Museum. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 9 3: 212-227. doi:10.1080/1743873X.2014.904317

Author Phillips, Murray G.
Osmond, Gary
Morgan, Sandra
Title Indigenous sport and heritage: Cherbourg's Ration Shed Museum
Journal name Journal of Heritage Tourism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1743-873X
Publication date 2014-04-23
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1743873X.2014.904317
Open Access Status
Volume 9
Issue 3
Start page 212
End page 227
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
So much has been lost about the culture of Australia's Indigenous people. Their languages, traditions and heritage were dissipated under the process of white colonization from 1788. This paper investigates the actions of the people from Cherbourg, an Aboriginal settlement in southeast Queensland, Australia, to reclaim their culture, identity and heritage. The focus is specifically on the Ration Shed Museum (RSM), which officially opened in Cherbourg in 2004. The RSM is a particular type of Indigenous museum, a community museum, in which those who curate the museum are simultaneously its subjects. Through a combination of ideas drawn from new museology, critical heritage and cultural geography, the relationships between the three buildings of the museum – the Ration Shed, the Superintendent's Office and the Boys’ Dormitory – and the displays of sport are examined via the voices of Cherbourg people. The buildings evoke stories of surveillance, discipline, punishment and control and, in many ways, sport mirrors these features of life at Cherbourg. Importantly, however, sport functioned in a parallel capacity by creating identity: sporting achievements were symbols of pride, resilience and hope for Indigenous people.
Keyword Cherbourg
Cultural geography
Indigenous sport
Sport museums
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Fri, 16 May 2014, 15:06:19 EST by Dr Gary Osmond on behalf of School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences