Howard, a rural community in the Fraser Coast Region, is a suburb that was formerly called Burrum. In 1883, the suburb’s name was changed to Howard. In the 1860s, majority of Howard’s population was coal miners because of the coal mining industry in the area. Today, some of the buildings that were constructed in the mining era still stand including the Old Bake House and a drapery store. Plenty of buildings that still stand allow visitors to learn more about the area’s mining heritage.
One of Howard’s gems is the Brooklyn House, the former residence of William Rankin, a Scottish engineer who was responsible for Howard’s railway. Brooklyn House was the childhood home of Annabelle Rankin, the former senator of Queensland.