Coalfest 2017

15th-16th July.

While it has always been thought that Howard and the surrounding areas were founded on Coal and Coal Mining, this was not the case. The events that would eventually lead to the foundation of Howard was the decision by two brothers, John and Robert Miller, who decided to push north from Maryborough in April 1863 with the intention of establishing a timber mill on the Burrum. It is most likely they went by boat down the Mary River across Hervey Bay and up the Burrum River finally establishing their mill on the South bank of the Burrum River several hundred metres downstream from the present traffic bridge. On the 17april1863 while going to check fishing nets strung across the river, John Miller stumbled across a large outcropping of, what was later confirmed to be, high grade coal, a commodity much in demand in the fledgling Colony. For an early Paper on the Mining of Coal in Queensland see a    'BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COAL MINING INDUSTRY IN QUEENSLAND'
 
Coalfest 2017 is the latest in what has become an annual Festival commemorating the Coal Mining heritage of this part of Queensland including Howard, Torbanlea and the surrounding areas.

 

    Howard Coalfest 2017


Burrum River News   July 2017

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