Mena Creek

Mena Creek, a small country town behind the Basilisk Range, is 8 km south-west of Innisfail and 75 km south of Cairns. The creek is the headwater portion of Stewart Creek. There are at least two possible origins of its name. The first is that it was named by Henry Noone after his daughter Philomena (1911-2005). The second that it derives from Mena Camp, Cairo, where the First Australian Imperial Force trained prior to the Gallipoli landing in 1915. This is in keeping with other Egyptian-derived places names in the area (such as El Arish). The creek enters the South Johnstone River.

Further Reading: 

Mena Fallon, Radiant green, Mareeba, Pinevale Publications, 1990

Alan Hudson, Sweet success: a story of South Johnstone mill, Brisbane, Christopher Beck Books, 1995


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