Currumbin Name Origin
Currumbin – Is the Aboriginal name for a species of pine tree, but it was not the name by which the creek was shown on the maps drawn by surveyor Dixon in 1839. He called it Anson Creek after Admiral George Anson who after serving as private secretary to Lord Melbourne, the Whig Prime Minister of England, became the private secretary to Albert, the husband of the young Queen Victoria. Albert wanted to bring a German retinue with him, but the leaders of the English parliament would not hear of it. Anson was appointed to ensure that an English viewpoint was expressed to the Prince. However Albert and Anson became close friends. As Currumbin Creek, the creek gave its name to the surrounding locality. The Queensland Railways gave the meaning of the name as “High up, or a place where high trees grow.”
The “pine” trees are actually native Australian “Casuarinas Cunninghamiana” trees. Also commonly referred to as “She Oaks”. They thrive both in wetland and dry conditions.
So the terminology is confusing to say the least, as these trees are called Pines, She Oaks and Casuarinas – I think the aboriginal name Currumbin is what I will call them from now on.