MBH Media Release March 2017

Funding for 2014:

The Coopers Plains Local History Group Inc., as a sponsoring member of the Brisbane Southside History Network, has been granted $22,000 in one of the 2016-2017 Brisbane Community History Grants, from the Brisbane City Council’s Brisbane History Grants Program.

Mapping Brisbane History Project has a new release of life which will allow its completion in March 2018. Mapping Brisbane History (MBH) is an innovative approach, using historical maps to help explore local history.

A pilot study was completed, in April 2014, of three local areas: Coopers Plains (Banoon)-Sunnybank, Moorooka-Tarragindi, and Fairfield-Annerley. It was funded to the amount of $6,800, from the 2012 Brisbane City Council Community History Grant. Further funding of $4,070 was provided in 2015 to compose thematic essays from the original research in the project (completed in June 2016).  

The funding from the latest grant and the work of three MBH team members over the next twelve months will produce in one year, 1,000+ heritage and lost Brisbane sites marked and described within 200 words each, thus an asset of possibly 200,000 words professionally researched of Brisbane localities in the form of online historical geography.

Although the early project phases involved some consultations with local history groups, these final phases will be more focused on community consultation. The final phases of the MBH project will develop Stages 2-5 on the Brisbane Southside, and newly planned Stages 6-13 (MBNH 1-7) on the Brisbane Northside. Across the five stages of research, we have 39 total study areas that cover the entire Brisbane Southside.  The same process will occur to cover the entire Brisbane Northside.

Local history groups will be contacted and engaged, for the Brisbane Southside between March and August 2017, and for the Brisbane Northside between August 2017 and February 2018. There will be two major workshops of networked local history groups.

  • A large gathering of the Brisbane Southside History Network (BSHN), with MBSH Team as a panel and local history leaders as guest participants, organised for August 2017. Further information will be sent in late July.
  • A large gathering of the Brisbane Northside History Network (BNHN), with MBNH Team as a panel and local history leaders as guest participants, organised for February 2018. Further information will be sent in late January.

The MBH Team is looking for meetings with local history groups, which can take the form of the group’s regular monthly gatherings with a presentation and discussion, or a special group workshop to discuss a selection of local heritage and lost sites.

For more information, please contact Neville here: Contact Us