Howard, a rural town, is just west of the Burrum River and 27 km north-west of Maryborough. It was named after William Howard who settled in Maryborough in 1857 and carried out local explorations in the Isis scrub country and the Burrum district. He is credited with the discovery of the Howard coal field in 1876.

Further Reading: 

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


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