Mount Helena, Western Australia

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Mount Helena
PerthWestern Australia
Mount Helena is located in Perth
Mount Helena
Mount Helena
Coordinates 31°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
Population 2,419 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 6082
LGA(s) Shire of Mundaring
State electorate(s) Darling Range
Federal Division(s) Pearce
Suburbs around Mount Helena:
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 2006 was approximately 2,419 people.

History[edit]

The suburb was known as Wrights Mill originally, referencing JW Wright who built the Mill to supply sleepers for the construction of the rail line from Guildford to Chidlows Well. Later the Mill and area became known as the now renamed Lion Mill until it was renamed Mount Helena in 1924. The chief instigators in the hunt for a new name were the local Progress Association whose first choice, "Hillcrest" had been rejected by the authorities because of a duplication in New South Wales. 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 it's way through the suburb.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Mount Helena (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 

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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