St Helena, Victoria
|• Density||1,620/km2 (4,210/sq mi)|
|Area||1.8 km2 (0.7 sq mi)|
|Location||21 km (13 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Banyule|
St Helena (/ / 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.
Major residential development began during the mid to late 1980s.
There are a few medical clinics in St Helena.
- 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.
- Shire of Diamond Valley - St Helena was previously within this local government area.