Welcome to Helensburgh

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.

Helensburgh Anglican Church

Rev. Hugh Walker Taylor, 1881-1891 (to 1896 in Bulli)The Anglican Parish of Helensburgh with Stanwell Park began its life as part of the Parish of Bulli. The South Coast, between Sydney and Wollongong, was renowned for violence and drunkenness.

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.

Going To The Movies

Movies had their Australian premiere in a converted shop at 148 Pitt St. Sydney, just a couple of doors along from King Street on November 30th, 1894. These performances were promoted by J.C. Williamson. He had imported a row of five Thomas Edison Kinetoscopes, which were the fore-runner of the Nickelodeon.

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