The work of the Mapping Brisbane History Project is indebted to the professional work of local historians of the past, and that includes many of whom have been confusingly denoted as ‘amateur historians’. There are only good and bad historians, and good historians are dedicated to levels of excellence found only in the art and discipline of history as it has been informed, educated (schooled, collegially worked), and researched (accuracy and facts). Everything else described as ‘history’ is merely the entertaining amusement for the comfort of less-than-enquiring minds.  

Below the surface of the superficialness of pop culture, Brisbane has been fortunate to have had countless good historians dedicated to uncovering, producing, and reproducing details of the past in an encampment, a settlement, a hamlet or village, a town, and a city. The Mapping Brisbane History outlook, in its ‘continuing fullness’, has been a long time coming; perhaps too long. Nevertheless, the benefit is seen in the synthesis of the fledging and struggling communities in local history. The acknowledgment here doubles as the bibliography. Few historians can achieve their masterpiece through a near absolute use of the primary sources. Our MBH team owe a great sense of gratitude to local history groups past and present, whose material we have ploughed, and created a crop of historical markers within the Brisbane city boundary.

The key to the project has been to state, in what are the sites of historical significance, why? Why is ‘x’ historically significant? The easiest answer in our work is that the site is significant to the local history group. It is a site in which there are historical descriptions produced. While we have endeavoured to unravel what that ‘significance’ means, it may not satisfy everyone, and nor should it. The process of history is to continue to question the past, otherwise the history is dead. For this reason, we encourage the user of the Mapping Brisbane History website not to be satisfied, and seek out the original publications listed below, the secondary sources we have used.

The MBH Team – past, present, and future – would like to thank the following groups and historians, and recommend for further reading the following …




A few other organisations are included for acknowledgement of their generous assistance. Although it was set up as a Queensland-wide institute, the (Royal) Queensland Historical Society, since 1913, has produced a mass of local history literature for Brisbane. The MBH Team also thanks the RHSQ for its excellent service and research work in Brisbane local history.

Royal Historical Society of Queensland Inc.

The MBH Team would also like to thank the

Royal Geography Society of Queensland Inc.

We appreciate the support and advice from the local geographers in our endeavours for historical geography.

The Brisbane City Council services the local history communities through the work of the Brisbane City Archives. The MBH Team is very grateful to the City Archivist, Annabel Lloyd, for her great assistance during the many years of the project.

Brisbane City Archives


Readers should also be aware of other several archives and library collections in Brisbane that provide important local history material. The MBH Team would like to thank and express appreciation for the excellent and most helpful service provided by the archivists of the Queensland State Archives, and of the National Archives of Australia (Brisbane Office), as well as the librarians of the State Library of Queensland, and of the National Library of Australia via the ground-breaking online NLA Trove.  As local historians we owe a great deal of debt to such archivists and librarians, and we practice on the highest level of scholarship by acknowledging all library and archival material used in our work. We kindly ask that members of the public demonstrated the same kind of respect for professional work, and also acknowledge sources.


There have been three project stages and three MBH Teams. See THE MAPPING BRISBANE HISTORY (MBH) TEAMS for further information.

Mapping Brisbane History Project 2012-­2013 Brisbane City Council Funded Grant from the 2011-2012 Community History Grant Round. 

A pilot study of three local areas: Coopers Plains (Banoon)-Sunnybank, Moorooka-Tarragindi, and Fairfield-Annerley.

  • Dr Neville Buch, Project Manager.
  • Beryl Roberts, Historical Consultant.
  • Janice Cooper, Historical Consultant.
  • Chris Burns, Mapping Consultant.

Mapping Brisbane History Project 2013­-2014 Brisbane City Council Funded Grant from the 2012-2013 Community History Grant Round.

A Southside Snapshot Sub-­Project: Thematic essays on the Brisbane Southside.

  • Dr Neville Buch, Project Manager.
  • Dr Ray Kerkhove, Historical Essayist
  • Beryl Roberts, Editor.
  • Ryan Jones, MBH Website Consultant and IT Manager.

Mapping Brisbane History Project 2017-­2018 Brisbane City Council Funded Grant from the 2016-2017 Community History Grant. 

A Comprehensive Completion of the MBH Website for the continuous MBH Project.

  • Dr Neville Buch, Project Manager.
  • Dr Ray Kerkhove, Consultant on Aboriginal & Religious Sites, and Project Supervisor for the Marginal Communities Sub­-Project.
  • Dr Jack Ford, Consultant on Military & War Sites, and Project Supervisor for the Mapping Brisbane Northside History Sub-­Project.
  • Chris Dawson, Consultant on Cemetery & Prison Sites, Project Supervisor for the Mapping Brisbane Southside History Sub­Project, and MBH Database Manager.
  • Ryan Jones, MBH Website Consultant and IT Manager, and Marketing Adviser.

The MBH Project, the teams – past, present and future, wish to thank the Brisbane City Council for its kind and generous sponsorship since 2011.


Project Manager and Principal Researcher
The Mapping Brisbane Southside History (MBSH) Team (2012-2013)
The Mapping Brisbane Southside History (MBSH) Team (Southside Snapshots, 2015-2016)
The Mapping Brisbane History (MBH) Team

Neville Buch has a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Education, Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (Philosophy), and a Doctor of Philosophy (History). Dr Neville Buch produced in his 1994 doctoral work what is currently the most definitive history of Protestant churches and para-church organisation in Queensland. He worked for a decade as the researcher and speechwriter for three Vice-Chancellors at the University of Melbourne, and in this role provided hundreds of detailed briefings on the internal operations and very diverse activities of the university. He has built his history consultancy business in the last six years, and over many years, researched histories in Queensland and Australia, in relation to churches, schools and local communities. In the period 2011-2017 Dr Buch served as the e-Bulletin editor and a Management Committee member for the Professional Historians Association (Queensland).


Consulting Historian and Editor
The Mapping Brisbane Southside History (MBSH) Team (2012-2013)
The Mapping Brisbane Southside History (MBSH) Team (Southside Snapshots, 2015-2016)
The Mapping Brisbane History (MBH) Team

Beryl Roberts has a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Letters in Local & Applied History and a Diploma of Teaching. In 1991, Beryl Roberts began a sustained interest in the local history of Brisbane and South-East Queensland in particular and Queensland history more generally. This has taken her long teaching career into lecturing and tutoring in Queensland History, Australian History and the Human Impact upon the Natural Environment at two Griffith University campuses. After researching and writing more than 20 books, Beryl has gained valuable experience in both editing and proofreading. As President of the Coopers Plains Local History Group Inc., Beryl has assisted in the establishment of many other local history groups. She is a member of the Management Committee of History Queensland Inc.


Consultant on Cemetery & Prison Sites, Project Supervisor for the Mapping Brisbane Southside History Sub­Project
The Mapping Brisbane History (MBH) Team

Chris Dawson is a graduate member of the Professional Historians Association (Qld), with Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and postgraduate qualifications in Applied History, both from the University of Queensland. He is the founder and committee member of the Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society, and of the Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery.


Consultant on Military & War Sites, Project Supervisor for the Mapping Brisbane Northside History Sub­-Project
The Mapping Brisbane History (MBH) Team

Jack Ford has a Bachelor of Arts, Teaching Diploma (Primary), and a Doctor of Philosophy (History). Dr Ford is a professional historian specialising in military history and the history of Brisbane’s various suburbs or buildings. He has worked as a historical consultant for private organisations, and had been a historian with the Heritage Unit of the Brisbane City Council for a decade. He is a president the American Civil War Round Table of Queensland and a member of the Nundah & Districts Historical Society. In 2008, he was given a Silver Award for excellence in Heritage Conservation, Works or Action by the National Trust (Qld).


Consultant on Aboriginal, Religious, and Marginal Communities Sites
The Mapping Brisbane Southside History (MBSH) Team (Southside Snapshots, 2015-2016)
The Mapping Brisbane History (MBH) Team

Ray Kerkhove has a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts (History & Indigenous Religions), and a Doctor of Philosophy (Studies in Religion). Ray Kerkhove is Chair of Q-Earth Inc. For 30 years Dr Kerkhove has worked on historical/ cultural and heritage projects with Indigenous groups. He has particular expertise in reconstructing the material culture and early contact history (1820s-1870s) of South-East Queensland and the Darling Downs. He has authored booklets, journal articles, Connection Reports, significance assessments, expert statements, and scripts for Indigenous exhibitions and films.


MBH Website Consultant and IT Manager, and Marketing Adviser
The Mapping Brisbane Southside History (MBSH) Team (2012-2013)
The Mapping Brisbane Southside History (MBSH) Team (Southside Snapshots, 2015-2016)
The Mapping Brisbane History (MBH) Team

Ryan has a Bachelor in Information Technology, and a Certificate IV in Small Business Management. Ryan has had several years experience with development of websites and has worked closely with Neville Buch on many of his history projects.


Consulting Historian
The Mapping Brisbane Southside History (MBSH) Team (2012-2013)

Janice Cooper has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Letters (Local and Applied History) and is a member of the Professional Historians Association. Growing up on a central western Queensland pastoral property, Janice Cooper has a life-long interest in rural Queensland. Following a long career in teaching and teacher-librarianship in both country and city, she turned to studying, researching and writing history. She has written Sufficient for living, a history of pastoral industries in the Alpha district and co-authored, with Geraldine Massey and Mary-Ann Salisbury, Resourceful partnerships, a history of teacher-librarianship in Queensland. Her current publication, Crossing the divide is a history of the Alpha and Jericho districts of central-western Queensland. Janice’s interest in Australian history is reinforced through her research of her own ancestry which includes six generations since the first immigrant arrival in 1791 as well as pre-separation Queenslanders.


Consulting Geographer
The Mapping Brisbane Southside History (MBSH) Team (2012-2013)

Chris Burns has a Bachelor of Engineering (Surveying and Spatial Information Systems), a Master of Engineering Science (Surveying and Spatial Information Systems), and is a member of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI). Chris uses her skills in surveying and spatial information systems to develop GIS capabilities in government and private companies. Chris is the Queensland Regional Chair and National Board member of the SSSI.