Welcome to Helensburgh

Black Christmas

Illustration: Doug Tolhurst, former Olympian, of The Ridge Helensburgh, stayed and saved his home. Christmas day started out fine, but with a strong southwesterly wind. The wind increased by lunchtime, but townsfolk busied themselves with the usual Christmas celebrations. Many headed out of town to be with family, others entertained family visitors. The local church services were well attended; all was...

The Bottom-end Shops

The village of Helensburgh originally developed between the school and the railway. The first shops were the Post Office store down from the school and two shops opposite the Norm O'Brien park: a small store carrying groceries and vegetables, now the home of Bruce and Lee King, and a butchery (illustrated). The butchery was established by George Luck, taken over by his son Alf Luck, and then his son Ken Luck. Tex Griffith was the last employee to work in the shop. As the town moved up to the plateau, George established a second butchery opposite the Centennial...

The Business Of Making A Dollar

In 2004 the Helensburgh community celebrated the arrival of the BiLo Supermarket and there is still a sense of awe and wonder, even today.

The Charles Harper Memorial

During the month of October 1884, Mr. Charles Harper, regarded as the founding father of Helensburgh and a crew of mining engineers and labourers, moved into the Helensburgh area to begin drilling for "Black Diamonds", coal.

The Chinaman's Gardens

The creek running beside the Old Mine Surgery, the home of the Historical Society and the Cox Memorial Museum, is known to the Council as Helensburgh Creek, officially mapped as Helensburgh Gully, and known to the locals as Chinaman's Creek.

The Princess Marina Cliff Walk

The Princess Marina Cliff Walk was established by Mr Henry Halloran, a Sydney businessman and property developer, in the 1930s on land owned by him at Stanwell Tops.

Working The Metropolitan

I commenced working in the Helensburgh mine in 1921. I was 14 years old. At 5 minutes to 8 in the evening the "buzzer" (the mine whistle) would sound to let us know there was work at the pit the next day. It sounded for 5 minutes. At 5 minutes to 6 in the morning it sounded...

The Administration Of The Law

Before 1811 the New South Wales Corps was responsible for the preservation of law and order in the new colony. In 1811 John D'Arcy was placed in charge of a group of semi-civilian constables by the then Governor Lachlan Macquarie.

Interbane, Bald Hill

Thankfully, we have a number of special houses in our district and Interbane is one of them. In fact, it is a house with a rather notorious history.

Farming In The Helensburgh Region

In 1844, Sir Thomas Mitchell, Surveyor General and also Australian explorer, ordered surveyor Darke to construct a road between Bottle Forest (Heathcote) and Chippendale's grant which was behind Bulli. The road was constructed using convict gangs, but was a fairly rough and ready track which got hardly any use.

In opening up the area, the rich soils of "The Forest" were discovered and settlers soon moved in to establish small farms. The area was named after surveyor Darke.

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