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Mount Warren was settled on Yugambeh land, and named after William Stanley Warren. In February 1866, a reporter from the Queensland Daily Guardian visited the Albert River and reported that Warren had planted a sugar crop in February 1865, operated by white labour. Warren's estate, the Noyea plantation, was originally taken up by Gilbert Muir and Adam Black. It was defined as Sugar Selection 4, and was bounded by Milne Street, the Albert River, Windaroo Creek and Beaudesert–Beenleigh Road. Warren also had the Windaroo plantation to the south, originally taken up by J Pinwell. Two types of sugar were planted on the river flat, and 10 acres of cotton were planted up in the higher country. Warren also grew Indian corn and told the reporters that he had grown wheat in 1865.
In the early 1900s, the Herbst family moved onto two properties in the area, Ayton and Noyea. Part of the land was occasionally used for the Beenleigh Jockey Club. The Herbst family were involved in cane farming and dairying.
The region remained rural until 1974, when a major redevelopment was undertaken by Cambridge Credit. This company was responsible for developing Springwood in the late 1960s. The estate offered land from 600 square metres to 1,288 square metres, starting from $7,250 per block. Along the Albert River, 170 acres of parkland was reserved, with plans for a golf course and marina. Planning immediately began for a primary school, although it did not open until January 1981. The golf course opened in 1981 along with playing fields for cricket and football.
In 1984, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints built a chapel opposite the Special School in Mount Warren Boulevard. Later that year, construction began on a $1.8 million sporting complex which included a bowling alley, tennis and squash courts. By 1986, a major shopping centre was planned.