Mount Helena, Western Australia

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Mount Helena
PerthWestern Australia
Mount Helena is located in Perth
Mount Helena
Mount Helena
Coordinates31°52′30″S 116°12′29″E / 31.875°S 116.208°E / -31.875; 116.208Coordinates: 31°52′30″S 116°12′29″E / 31.875°S 116.208°E / -31.875; 116.208
Population3,185 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Shire of Mundaring
State electorate(s)Darling Range
Federal Division(s)Pearce
Suburbs around Mount Helena:
Gidgegannup Gidgegannup Gidgegannup
Stoneville Mount Helena Chidlow
Mundaring Sawyers Valley Sawyers Valley

Mount Helena is an urban suburb on the outskirts of Perth in Western Australia, some 35 km from the city, in the Shire of Mundaring. Its population in 2016 was 3,185 people.


Mount Helena was originally known as White's Mill, a reference to Abraham White who, with Edward Keane and James Wright, in 1882 built a saw mill to supply sleepers for the construction of the Eastern Railway from Guildford to Chidlows Well.[2] From 1898 the area was known as Lion Mill until it was renamed Mount Helena in 1924.[3] The chief instigator in the hunt for a new name was the local Progress Association whose first choice, "Hillcrest" had been rejected by the authorities because of a duplication in New South Wales.[4][5] The next suggestion, "Mount Helena" was more successful, indicative of the terrain and because the suburb was situated centrally in the Helena District.

Local activities[edit]

Mount Helena boasts several active community and sporting groups, including the Mount Helena Voluntary Bush Fire Brigade, a group of volunteers who tackle bush and house fires in the area.

The Railway Reserve Heritage Trail passes behind the Mount Helena Tavern on its way through the suburb.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mount Helena (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Dell, Bernard; Havel, Jaroslav J..; Malajczuk, Nicholas, eds. (2012). The Jarrah Forest: A complex mediterranean ecosystem. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic. p. 244. ISBN 9789400931114. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  3. ^ "News and notes". The West Australian. Perth, WA. 7 May 1898. p. 5. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  4. ^ "District news - Lion Mill". The Swan Express. Midland Junction, WA. 17 August 1923. p. 5. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  5. ^ "District News - Lion Mill". The Swan Express. Midland Junction, WA. 28 September 1923. p. 5. Retrieved 30 November 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Elliot, Ian (1983). Mundaring - A History of the Shire (2nd ed.). Mundaring: Mundaring Shire. ISBN 0-9592776-0-9.
  • Spillman, Ken (2003). Life was meant to be here: community and local government in the Shire of Mundaring. Mundaring: Mundaring Shire. ISBN 0-9592776-3-3.

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