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Post office at Howard

Howard is located in Queensland
Population: 1364 [1]
Postcode: 4659
Coordinates: 25°19′05″S 152°33′32″E / -25.31806, 152.55889Coordinates: 25°19′05″S 152°33′32″E / -25.31806, 152.55889
  • 37 km (23 mi) W of Hervey Bay
  • 284 km (176 mi) N of Brisbane
LGA: Fraser Coast Region
State District: Maryborough
Federal Division: Hinkler
Localities around Howard:
Cherwell Pacific Haven Burrum River
Cherwell Howard Burrum Town
Duckinwilla Duckinwilla Torbanlea

Howard is a small town and rural locality in the Fraser Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] It is located 284 kilometres (176 mi) north of Brisbane and 37 kilometres (23 mi) west of Hervey Bay. In the 2011 census, Howard had a population of 1,364.[1]


The Bruce Highway passes through the locality in an east-west direction skirting the edge of the town. Queensland's main north-south railway line passes in a NW-SE direction through the town centre. The main streets of Howard are Steley and William.


The first Burrum Post Office opened on 22 July 1878 and was renamed Howard in 1883.[3]

Burrum Provisional School opened on 18 February 1879. On 3 October 1884, it was renamed Howard State School.[4]

Howard was the seat of the Howard Division (1900-1903) and its successor Shire of Howard (1903-1917).[5]

Howard War Memorial

The Howard War Memorial was unveiled by Colin Rankin on 17 December 1921. Unusually for an Australian war memorial, the statue was made in Italy and depicts a soldier in Italian uniform.[6]

The Howard Library opened in 2000 and underwent a major refurbishment in 2014.[7]

Heritage listings[]

Howard has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • William Street: Howard War Memorial[8]
  • 23 William Street: Brooklyn House[9]


Steley Street contains the skatepark, railway station, children's playground, community centre, kindergarten, respite centre, located on the southern end. Over the railway line is the Howard Sawmill, producers of kiln dried Queensland hardwood. The post office, drapery and patchwork store, hairdresser, grocery and hardware store are on the northern end. The C.W.A hall is also located in Steley Street. The historic wooden foot bridge over the railway line in Steley Street near the C.W.A Hall was demolished in 2016 as it became too expensive to maintain. It was a popular spot for photographing trains traveling north or south. William Street consists of a milk bar, butcher, bakery, pharmacy, hotel, bottle shop, newsagency, IGA supermarket, chip shop, doctor and several real estate agents. Howard also has a golf course on the outer part of the main part of town. (The Bowls Club is located at Torbanlea)

The Fraser Coast Regional Council operates a public library in Steley Street.[10]


Howard State School is a government primary (P-7) school at 108 William Street (25°19′22″S 152°33′27″E / -25.322864, 152.557444 (Howard State School)). In 2012. the school had an enrolment of 177 students with 12 teachers (11.3 full-time equivalent). There is no secondary school in Howard; the nearest are in Childers to the north-west, Hervey Bay to the east and Maryborough to the south.[11]

Notable residents[]

  • Andrew Fisher, first Federal Member for the electorate of Wide Bay and second Labor Prime Minister of Australia. The house he built and lived in still stands.
  • Annabelle Rankin, the first woman from Queensland to sit in the Parliament of Australia, the first woman to have a federal portfolio and the first woman to be appointed head of a foreign mission
  • Colin Rankin, chairman of the Shire of Howard, member for Burrum in the Queensland Legislative Assembly

Notes and references[]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Howard (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Howard (town) (entry 16363)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
    - "Howard (locality) (entry 46655)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
    - "Agency ID5320, Howard State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Agency ID955, Howard Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
    - "Agency ID956, Howard Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Howard and Burrum District War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17". State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 13. 
  8. ^ "Howard War Memorial (entry 15320)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Brooklyn House". Local Heritage Register]. Fraser Coast Regional Council. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Howard Library". State Library of Queensland. 19 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "Queensland State and Non-State Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
    - "2012 School Annual Report". Howard State School. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

External links[]

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