Boys from Barambah exhibit opens in Cherbourg
TAKE their courage and carry it with you through everything you do, was what a Barambah Boys descendant Eric Law felt about The Boys from Barambah exhibit which opened at the Ration Shed today in Cherbourg.
The Boys from Barambah pays tribute to the 47 men from Cherbourg who served in the First World War.
The new exhibit was opened in time for the Anzac centenary on Saturday and was opened by The Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt.
Eric Law chair of the Ration Sheds Anzac committee who also served in the Vietnam War, said the committee worked hard to get the exhibit off the ground.
"We've captured the stories of our young Aboriginal men leaving their homes for the first time, going abroad to foreign lands to fight a war for the British Empire and Australia and for some, returning home to the discrimination as when they left," Mr Law said.
"What I hope everyone takes away from this is the courage that those men showed, hold on to that courage, in everything you do to be a better person."
Mr Pitt said a hundred years ago, when Cherbourg was known as Barambah, 47 young men showed great courage to serve their country during an era where race and colour determined whether you could enlist and fight for your country.
"This unique exhibition is culturally and historically significant to the community, as it ensures the stories of personal sacrifice are honoured and celebrated, and certainly never forgotten," he said.
On Saturday Cherbourg Memorial park will be renamed Boys from Barambah Anzac Park.
The exhibit is permanent and is also in book form, as well as an online interactive site.