Beryce Nelson

Beryce Ann Nelson, née Noble (born 10 January 1947) was an Australian politician.

Beryce Nelson
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Aspley
In office
29 November 1980 – 22 October 1983
Preceded byFred Campbell
Succeeded byBrian Cahill
In office
1 November 1986 – 2 December 1989
Preceded byBrian Cahill
Succeeded byJohn Goss
Personal details
Beryce Ann Noble

(1947-01-10) 10 January 1947 (age 73)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Political partyNational Party
Other political
Liberal Party
Spouse(s)John Arthur Nelson (m.1968)
Alma materUniversity of Queensland

She was born in Brisbane to Arthur Lloyd Noble and Thelma Ann, née Kelso. She attended state schools at Toowoomba and Brisbane and studied radiography from 1965 to 1967, earning a diploma and winning the Kodak Student Prize for research. On 24 August 1968 she married John Arthur Nelson, with whom she would have three children. From 1967 to 1971 she worked as a radiographer, and in 1979 she commenced a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in government and history at the University of Queensland. Beryce was one of the founders of the Down's syndrome Association in Australia and during her time as president from 1978-1980 also worked as their public relations officer until her election to the Queensland Legislative Assembly in 1980 as the Liberal member for Aspley. In 1983 she was the first woman appointed to the role of Government Deputy Whip in Australia but lost her seat in October of that year following the collapse of the Coalition Government. In 1984 she resigned from the Liberal Party and established her own PR company. In 1985 she joined the National Party, easily winning her seat back in 1986. Between 1986 and 1989 she held a number of junior cabinet positions including the Chair of the Brisbane River Management Committee and in September 1989 was promoted to the front bench as Minister for Family Services, the third woman appointed a minister in Queensland. She lost her seat some months later at the election which saw the Nationals lose office.[1]

In the 1990s she returned to the world of public relations working as a senior consultant, then State Manager, for the Rowland Company in Queensland and in 1994 started her own business Jigsaw Public Relations, which ran successfully for ten years until she sold it in 2003. During that decade she also served on a number of state and national boards including Energex Ltd, Musica Viva and the Abused Child Trust - now Act for Kids. In 2001 she also returned to academic life part-time and in 2005 completed a Masters in Management at the University of Southern Queensland, then worked as a lecturer at the Brisbane campus of James Cook University until retiring in 2010. Following her retirement Beryce made a life changing move to the country town of Toogoolawah in Queensland where she became part of a group involved in the establishment of a recently completed cultural heritage project and in 2013 she married Canadian/Australian artist Merton Chambers.


  1. ^ "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Fred Campbell
Member for Aspley
Succeeded by
Brian Cahill
Preceded by
Brian Cahill
Member for Aspley
Succeeded by
John Goss