Teacher background notes


Exhibition open daily from 10am to 5pm
10 December 2016 – 16 April 2017
kuril dhagun level 1

Barambah<>Cherbourg<>Art<>Craft showcases the creative diversity and historic production of Barambah Pottery, a commercial venture established in the Aboriginal community of Cherbourg in 1969. The exhibition features more than 100 individual pieces of significant pottery — from elaborate vases to glazed goblets — created before Barambah Pottery was abruptly closed in 1987.

Learn about the creation process, including the locally sourced clay from Barambah Creek, and discover personal stories through historical photographs, the newly acquired McConnell kick wheel plan designed for Cherbourg, and the pottery pieces themselves.

Co-curated with The Ration Shed Museum, a community-run historic cultural centre in the heart of Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire in the South Burnett Region, Queensland.
This striking exhibition tells the story of the venture and its people; its importance to Cherbourg; and highlights the importance of entrepreneurship in our Aboriginal communities.

Learning notes

Designed to support the exhibition, the learning notes align with the Australian Curriculum in English, History, and Geography, with a focus on the cross-curricular priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. This resource can be used to enhance students’ learning experiences pre-visit, at the library, and post-visit. The activities can also be adapted for senior and adult learners.
The resource is divided into three parts, available as downloadable PDFs.

Using the learning notes offsite

For the full experience, we recommend visiting the exhibition at State Library. If you are unable to visit, some of the activities can be used independently. Students can also access information and images from the exhibition website http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/calevents/kd/barambah-pottery and on Vimeo.

To locate primary resources on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, including oral histories, digital stories, photographs, and blog posts, check our website
www.slq.qld.gov.au/resources/atsi and the library catalogue.

Arranging your visit to SLQ

To book a group visit to Barambah<>Cherbourg<>Art<>Craft, contact the Learning team at learning@slq.qld.gov.au or 07 3842 9293.

Please indicate the following when enquiring:

  • Name of school
  • Contact details of organiser
  • Proposed date and time
  • Number of students and adults attending
  • Year level and subject
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