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Benowa history

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Click to enlarge Cane cutters at Benowa, circa 1900. Photographer unknown.

Cane cutters at Benowa, circa 1900.
Photographer unknown.

Nerang Central Sugar Mill at Benowa, 1915. Photographer unknown.

Nerang Central Sugar Mill at Benowa, 1915.
Photographer unknown.

Benowa is a suburb located to the west of Surfers Paradise.

Early historians noted that Benowa was a corruption of an Aboriginal word Boonow meaning red bloodwood.

Hanlon, W.E  The Early Settlement of the Logan and Albert Districts.
Gresty,  J.A The Numinbah Valley, Its Geography History and Aboriginal associations.

The European use of the word dates back to the days when sugar cane grew on the banks of the Nerang River.

Pioneer sugar planter, Robert Muir, used the name Benowa for the family's sugar plantation established on the northern bank of the Nerang River in 1870.

Information and images provided by the City of Gold Coast Local Studies Collection.

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