Coopers Plains, Queensland

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Coopers Plains
QEII Hospital.jpg
Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital, 2008
Coopers Plains is located in Queensland
Coopers Plains
Coopers Plains
Coordinates27°34′05″S 153°02′06″E / 27.5680°S 153.035°E / -27.5680; 153.035Coordinates: 27°34′05″S 153°02′06″E / 27.5680°S 153.035°E / -27.5680; 153.035
Population5,483 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,305/km2 (3,380/sq mi)
Area4.2 km2 (1.6 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location14.1 km (9 mi) S of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(Moorooka Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Moreton
Suburbs around Coopers Plains:
Rocklea Salisbury Nathan
Archerfield Coopers Plains Robertson
Acacia Ridge Sunnybank Sunnybank
Houses being built at Coopers Plains, 1952

Coopers Plains is a southern suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census, Coopers Plains had a population of 5,483 people.[1]


Coopers Plains is 11 kilometres (7 mi) south-west of the Brisbane CBD. The suburb is home to the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital.


The locality was originally called Cowper's Plains. It was probably named by Patrick Logan after Dr Henry Cowper, Assistant Surgeon-in-Charge at the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement from 1823 to 1832.[3][4][5] A convict settlement was established at Cowper's Plains in 1828. The name was corrupted and by 1860 the area was known as Cooper's Plains.[6] By 1877 it was known as Coopers Plains.[7] The first post office opened in 1876.

In October 1884, 275 allotments of "Flemington Estate" were advertised for sale by T. Howling& Co.[8] A map advertising the sale states that the estate was close to the Coopers Plains Railway Station and that coaches passed the estate every day.[9]

In August 1885, 160 subdivided allotments of "The Orange Grove Estate" were advertised to be auctioned by G. T. Bell in conjunction with A. Lucas & Co.[10] A map advertising the auction shows the proximity of the estate to Coopers Plains Railway Station and Salisbury Railway Station.[11] The allotments were advertised as high and dry and free from gullies with permanent spring water, convenient to rail and road and close to proximity to schools and the post office.[10]

In April 1886, 119 allotments of "The Homebush Estate" were advertised to be auctioned by G. T. Bell.[12] A map advertising the auction states that the estate was adjoining the Coopers Plains railway station and illustrates the location of lagoons and permanent water sources within the estate.[13]

In December 1922, 6 blocks of land of "Market Garden Estate" were advertised for private sale by Isles, Love & Co. Ltd.[14] A map advertising the sale describes each block as 4 to 5 acres in size with splendid brown and black alluvial loam and abundantly watered by a permanent creek.[15]

Orange Grove State School opened on 27 June 1931. In 1965 it was renamed Coopers Plains State School.[16]

Coopers Plains remained rural until the 1940s. The United States Army built a barracks adjacent to the railway station 1942, which after the war became the Australian Army's Damour Barracks.

In 1928, a United Protestant Church Hall was built at 30 Beaton Street (27°34′06″S 153°02′12″E / 27.5683°S 153.0366°E / -27.5683; 153.0366 (St Mary & St Joseph’s Coptic Orthodox Church)) being available for all Protestant services. Being close to the Coopers Plains railway station, it was known as Station United Protestant Church. By 1945 the building had deteriorated to the point of being condemned. On 11 April 1950, the Anglican Church bought the building for £25 and it opened as an Anglican church on 25 June 1950. It was known as St Luke's by June 1954.[17] A new Anglican church (St Barnabas') was opened in Sunnybank in 1986 and St Luke's was sold to the Egyptian Coptic Church on 19 March 1986 and it was renamed St Mary & St Joseph's Coptic Orthodox Church.[18][19]

The Coopers Plains Library opened in 1979 with a major refurbishment in 2014.[20]

In the 2016 census, Coopers Plains had a population of 5,483 people.[1]


Coopers Plains railway station on the South Coast railway line (now the Beenleigh line) opened in 1885.

There are several bus routes running through Coopers Plains – 120 (City – Garden City), 135 (City – Parkinson), 123 (Sunnybank), 598 and 599 (Great Circle Line), 124 and 125. Coopers Plains is also in very close proximity to the Griffith University Nathan Campus.


Coopers Plains State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 61 Orange Grove Road (27°34′03″S 153°02′20″E / 27.5675°S 153.0388°E / -27.5675; 153.0388 (Coopers Plains State School)).[21][22] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 184 students with 18 teachers (13 full-time equivalent) and 13 non-teaching staff (8 full-time equivalent).[23]


The Health and Food Sciences Precinct (HFSP), at the Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services (QHFSS) campus, was opened in 2010, and would include the Queensland Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (QCEID).[24] The precinct is a research facility for the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, CSIRO, and Queensland University through the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI).[25]

The Brisbane City Council operate a public library at 107 Orange Grove Road.[26]


In the 2011 census the population of Coopers Plains was 4,208, 49% female and 51% male.[27] The median age of the Coopers Plains population was 34 years of age, three years below the Australian median. 57% of people living in Coopers Plains were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%. The other top responses for country of birth were India 6.2%, China 5.3%, New Zealand 2.9%, Philippines 2.2%, England 2.1%. 61.9% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 6% Mandarin, 3.2% Cantonese, 2% Vietnamese, 1.6% Hindi, 1.3% Punjabi. The most popular religious affiliation was "no religion" (22%), followed by Catholic (21%) and Anglican (12%).[27]


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  2. ^ "Moorooka Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Coopers Plains – suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 50038)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Early Moreton Bay. Some Place Names. How They Originated". The Brisbane Courier. 29 September 1923. p. 19.
  5. ^ E.S. Jackson (1929). "Henry Cowper, Surgeon and his times". Proceedings of the Australian Medical Congress: 198–202.
  6. ^ "LOCAL INTELLIGENCE". The Moreton Bay Courier. 17 January 1860. p. 2.
  7. ^ "Coopers Plains". The Brisbane Courier. 27 August 1877. p. 6.
  8. ^ "Advertising". The Telegraph (3, 753). Queensland, Australia. 10 October 1884. p. 7. Retrieved 7 June 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "Flemington Estate". hdl:10462/deriv/253221. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ a b "Advertising". The Telegraph (4, 033). Queensland, Australia. 15 August 1885. p. 7. Retrieved 7 June 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "The Orange Grove Estate". hdl:10462/deriv/18426. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  12. ^ "Advertising". The Telegraph (4, 240). Queensland, Australia. 15 April 1886. p. 7. Retrieved 7 June 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  13. ^ "The Homebush Estate". hdl:10462/deriv/18537. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  14. ^ "Advertising". The Brisbane Courier (20, 251). Queensland, Australia. 16 December 1922. p. 12. Retrieved 7 June 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  15. ^ "Market Garden Estate: Coopers Plains". hdl:10462/deriv/252838. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  16. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  17. ^ "Family Notices". The Courier-mail. Queensland, Australia. 19 June 1954. p. 18. Retrieved 27 August 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  18. ^ "Closed Churches". Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  19. ^ "Station United Protestant Church (former)". Brisbane Heritage Register. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  20. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016–17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 11. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  21. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  22. ^ "Coopers Plains State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  23. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  24. ^ "'Super Foods' Health and Food Sciences Precinct Opens". Ministerial Media Statement, August 2010. Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  25. ^ "Health and Food Sciences Precinct". Science in Queensland. Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  26. ^ "Library opening hours and locations". Brisbane City Council. 3 January 2018. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  27. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Coopers Plains (Brisbane City) (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Edit this at Wikidata

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