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Gold Coast History & Heritage

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Stephens History

Aerial view of Pacific Highway

Pacific Highway at Stephens, 1994

Photograph of Thomas  Stephens

Thomas Blacket Stephens (1819-1877)
politician and businessman acquired 6980
acres of hinterland in 1873. The property
would be known as the Merrimac Estate.
A new Gold Coast suburb gazetted in
1981 was named after Stephens. In 2002
Stephens was amalgamated with Andrews
and a section of Robina to form the new
suburb of Varsity Lakes

Named after Thomas Blacket Stephens (1819-1877) businessman, newspaper proprietor and politician, land holder in the area from 1861 (Department of Natural Resources, Brisbane, April 1998).

Thomas Blacket, politician and businessman acquired 6980 acres of hinterland in 1873.

The property would be known as the Merrimac Estate.

A new Gold Coast suburb gazetted in 1981 was named after Stephens.

In 2002 Stephens was amalgamated with Andrews and a section of Robina to form the new suburb of Varsity Lakes.

The modern suburb of Stephens was amalgamated with Andrews and a section of Robina to form the new suburb of Varsity Lakes in 2002.

The placename Stephens was named and bounded by Minister for Environment, Valuation and Administrative Services, 1st June 1981 (Queensland Government Gazette 30th May 1981, p1070).

Boundaries amended by Governor in council 19th May (Queensland Government Gazette 19 May 1995, p751)

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