Contact Person: Beryl Roberts
Email Address: [email protected]
Contact Phone: 3275 2324
Postal Address: PO Box 8112, Sunnybank Q 4109


Formed in 1989, the Coopers Plains Local History Group Inc. is possibly the oldest of the continuing
local history organisations on the Brisbane Southside. For nearly three decades, the Group has
gathered information, photographs, maps and oral histories of Coopers Plains, Salisbury, Rocklea,
Acacia Ridge and Archerfield – the five Brisbane suburbs that now make up the original Cowper’s
Plains. The Brisbane suburbs of Robertson and Macgregor were added to the CPLHG’s areas of
interest in 2011. The backstay of the Group is the noted historian, Beryl Roberts a folk history
specialist. In recent years two other noted historians have joined the Group, Dr Neville Buch, a
specialist in Brisbane and Queensland socio-intellectual history, and Janice Cooper, a specialist in
Western Queensland. Through Roberts, the Coopers Plains Local History Group Inc. has focused on
folk histories and heritage studies. Through Buch, the Coopers Plains Local History Group Inc. has
been a history management centre for the development of the Brisbane Southside History Network,
and for other major collaborations for a larger perspectives in local history, such as the Mapping
Brisbane History Project.


The following publications are authored by Beryl Roberts:

Stories of the Southside Volume 1. Aussie Books. 1991. 142 pages (Revised edition 2017).

A Brief History of Salisbury. Coopers Plains Ward Bicentennial Local History Committee. 1988.

Looking into your local area. Southside Environmental Education Network. 1997.

A Closer Look at Salisbury and Nathan Heights. CPLHG. 2000.

A Closer Look at Coopers Plains. CPLHG. 2005.

A History of the Brisbane Suburb of Robertson. CPLHG. 2006. 65 pages.

Heritage and Catchment Walks in: Coopers Plains, Eight Mile Plains, Macgregor, Nathan, Robertson,
Runcorn, Sunnybank. CPLHG.

He made his Mark: Joshua Jeays : early Brisbane's master builder and statesman. Boolarong Press.
2009. 217 pages.

Mudgeeraba Memories: memories of Mudgeeraba, Bonogin, Austinville and Springbrook areas. Q.V.
Books. 2011.

Stories of the Southside. Volume II. Q.V. Books. 2012.

Naming Brisbane: Origins of Brisbane's Suburb & Locality Names. Beryl Roberts. 2013.

Some of the early history of Rocky Water Holes. CPLHG. 2014.