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|Population||7052 (2001 census)|
|Area||5.5 km2 (2.1 sq mi)|
|Location||12 km (7 mi) from Brisbane|
|LGA(s)||City of Brisbane|
|State electorate(s)||Ferny Grove|
Keperra is a suburb in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia which is located approximately 9 kilometres north-west of the CBD. It has a deep and rich history, with some thinking that the name was based upon the Aboriginal term for “Kipper” (a young tribe member who has reached initiation age). Two bora rings used to be located within the suburb, one near the corner of Samford Road and Keperra Street (now under housing) and one which disappeared with the construction of the Keperra Country Club.
In 1865 Thomas Price sold a large portion of land in Keperra to John and Mary Nicholsen who built a home and named it Groveley Lodge (the extra 'e' in the name was dropped in later years)
The railway was built through the area in 1918 but it was originally a siding located near the western end of the Keperra Country Club. Capt. Robert H Cottam founded the Keperra Golf Club in 1931 and it was originally called the Enoggera Golf Club.
The railway station was named Keperra Station in 1932 and moved to its current site in 1956. In about 1940 a military camp was established on the slaughterhouse site. The army camp constructed many of the roads and much of the land was transferred to the Housing Commission for housing development in 1951.
The population of the suburb was 6,975 in 2006, down from 7,081 in 2001.
The suburb boasts a golf course (Keperra Country Club), football (soccer) club Westside FC, shopping centres (Great Western and two smaller ones at Dallas Parade near the Keperra station and on Dawson Parade near Grovely station), churches, a hospital, dog off-leash area, two railway stations (Keperra and Grovely) and bus services (to Mitchelton, The Gap and Ferny Grove). An area of vegetation known as Keperra Bushland bounds the suburb to the south on its border with The Gap while the Keperra Picnic Grounds are located in the north-west section at the intersection of Samford Road and Upper Kedron Road. From 1966 to 2000 there was a drive-in movie theatre located at the corner of Settlement and Samford Roads which is now the site of the Kings Grove Estate, located within the Kings Park Estate.
At the intersection of Settlement Road and Samford Road is the Great Western Shopping Centre. A large quarry exists to the east and south-east of the centre, where mining activities are still in operation, but it is planned that the area is to one day be converted to a housing estate by Multiplex. The conversion will also see the expansion of the shopping centre to the south of its present location. Bunnings Warehouse has signed on to the proposed development as a major tenant  The railway line running east between Keperra, Grovely, Oxford Park and Mitchelton was recently duplicated. This work was completed in 2008. Grovely is a locality within the suburb of Keperra. The Brisbane Institute of Tertiary and Further Education (TAFE) Grovely Campus is located within Keperra as is the Arana Leagues Club on Dawson Parade near the border with the suburb of Arana Hills.
Housing within the suburb ranges from modest post-war homes built from weatherboard and mainly located on the northern side of Samford Road and south of the railway to larger brick dwellings built during the 1980s and 1990s within the Kings Park Estate. The Estate began to be developed around 1988 in an area around Samford Road, Cobalt Street and Onyx Street. Properties in the southern sections (e.g. Balvenie Street) of the Estate date from the early 1990s.
A moderate segment of the population also lives within the large Keperra Sanctuary Retirement Village located on the south side of Samford Road, just east of the Great Western Shopping Centre.
Brisbane Transport offers a bus service on Route 362 between The Gap and Brookside Shopping Centre with stops at Great Western Shopping Centre, Keperra railway station, Grovely railway station and Mitchelton railway station.
- National Regional Profile : Keperra (Statistical Local Area). http://abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/305051326Population/People12000-2004?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=305051326&issue=2000-2004&num=&view=.
- "Statistical Portrait of Brisbane (Outer North West)". http://bcc-communitydirectory.com/statistical_portrait/outer_north_west/population/ 19 May 2006.
- Brisbane Memories - Site 17 - Keperra Indigenous Camping Ground. http://eresearch.griffith.edu.au/brisbanememories/index.php/Site_17_-_'Keperra_Indigenous_Camping_Ground'.