St Helena, Victoria

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St Helena
St Helena is located in Melbourne
St Helena
St Helena
Coordinates 37°41′10″S 145°08′13″E / 37.686°S 145.137°E / -37.686; 145.137Coordinates: 37°41′10″S 145°08′13″E / 37.686°S 145.137°E / -37.686; 145.137
Population 2,923 (2016)[1]
 • Density 1,620/km2 (4,210/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3088
Area 1.8 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Location 21 km (13 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Banyule
State electorate(s) Eltham
Federal Division(s) Jagajaga
Suburbs around St Helena:
Diamond Creek Diamond Creek
Greensborough St Helena Eltham North
Briar Hill Eltham

St Helena (/ˌsnt həˈlnə/ SAYNT-hə-LEE-nə) is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 21 km north-east from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Banyule. At the 2016 Census, St Helena had a population of 2,923.


St Helena was settled by Anthony Beale, who had previously lived on the island of Saint Helena in the Atlantic Ocean, working as the paymaster for the British East India Company. When St Helena reverted to British Government control in 1836, Beale retired and moved to England for three years with his wife and sixteen children. In the 1830s, he travelled to the Port Phillip district of New South Wales, travelling via Van Dieman's Land, where his son Onesophorous drowned in the Tamar River. In 1841, Beale took up a large pastoral lease on the Plenty River, including the area that is now known as St Helena. The Beales' cottage was called St Helena, after which the area become known.

After the death of Anthony Beales's wife, Katherine Rose, Beale built the Rose Chapel in their front garden in memory of her. Anthony and Katherine Beale, along with some of their children, are among those buried in the adjoining graveyard. The chapel and three acres of land were given to the Church of England, and it was consecrated as St Katherine's Church by the Bishop of Ballarat in 1842. Although it was burned by a bushfire in 1957, architectural drawings of it had recently been made, and the chapel was rebuilt. It is still in use, as of 2017.[2]

Major residential development began during the mid to late 1980s.


St Helena Marketplace is a shopping centre consisting of a Woolworths supermarket and smaller retailers such as Bakers Delight.

Schools within St Helena are St Helena Secondary College, Glen Katherine Primary School and Holy Trinity Primary School which is actually located in Eltham North.

There are a few medical clinics in St Helena.

Government areas[edit]

  • Local government: Beale Ward in the City of Banyule, represented by Cr. Wayne Phillips.
  • Victorian State electorate: Eltham, represented by Vicki Ward MP.
  • Federal electorate: Jagajaga, represented by Jenny Macklin MP.


St Helena is represented in basketball by the St Helena Saints Basketball Club, who play in the Diamond Valley Basketball Association. The club trains at St Helena Secondary basketball stadium. There are no other sporting teams that represent St Helena. However, Anthony Beale Reserve, which is in St Helena, is the home ground of the Greensborough Junior Football Club.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Montmorency (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2017-07-03.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ History of St Katherine's Church. Information booklet. St Katherine's Anglican Church, St Helena, Victoria Australia.

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