Burrum Heads

Burrum Heads, a coastal town, is at the southern entrance of the mouth of the Burrum River, 50 km north of Maryborough.

The town was named after the Burrum River where, about 30 km upstream, coal was found and mined in the 1860s. Known as the Burrum and Howard coal fields, they continued to be mined until the 1990s. The origin of the name of the river possibly signified the river's rocky bed in a local Aboriginal language.

Further Reading: 

Frances Chan, Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast, Rockhampton, Central Queensland University Press, 1999

China Johnson, Memories: Burrum Heads, Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads Bicentennial Publications Committee, 1988


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