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Gold Coast History & Heritage

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Helensvale History

Portrait of Helena White, taken in 1869

Portrait of Helena White, taken in 1869

In 1859, twenty three year old Arthur Anthony Robinson arrived in Australia and went to live with his relatives the Duckett Whites on their Beaudesert cattle run.

The Duckett White family leased a coastal cattle run called Coombabah and in 1870 the land was opened up for freehold purchase and selection.

The White and Robinson family retained much of the land we know today as Helensvale.

Arthur Robinson and Ernest White established a sugar plantation here around 1870.

According to the records of the White and Robinson families , the partners named the sugar plantation after Ernest White's younger sister Helena.

Aerial view of Helensvale 1981

Aerial view of Helensvale 1981