Post office at Howard
|Population||1,364 (2011 census)|
|LGA(s)||Fraser Coast Region|
Howard is a small town and rural locality in the Fraser Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. 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.
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.
Burrum Provisional School opened on 18 February 1879. On 3 October 1884, it was renamed Howard State School.
Howard has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
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)
- Andrew Fisher, first Federal Member for the electorate of Wide Bay and first Labour 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
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Howard (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
- "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.
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- "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.
- "Agency ID955, Howard Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
- "Agency ID956, Howard Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
- "Howard and Burrum District War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- "Howard War Memorial (entry 600545)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- "Brooklyn House" (PDF). Local Heritage Register]. Fraser Coast Regional Council. Retrieved 18 September 2013.[permanent dead link]
- "Queensland State and Non-State Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
- "2012 School Annual Report" (PDF). Howard State School. Retrieved 3 June 2014.