The town of Howard was established after the discovery of coal in the Burrum River and the beginning of coal mining. Men from the town and surrounding district (including Torbanlea, Burrum and Toogoom) rushed to enlist when war broke out in World War I. Some of the men joined tunnelling companies that dug under enemy trenches, a unique and fascinating dimension of war on the Western Front that required experienced miners. The war memorial was opened in 1921. Howard residents are responsible for a unique Anzac Day tradition. Originally known as the ‘Dawn Patrol’, returned service personnel who passed away and are buried in the Howard Cemetery are remembered every year on Anzac Day with the placing of a poppy on their graves. This long-standing tradition is carried out before dawn. White wooden blocks are placed on the graves before the day so they can be found in the dark and replaced with a poppy. The first Dawn Patrol took place in 1937.
Howard Miners in World War I
Attraction, Military Trail
60 Steeley Street Howard , QLD 4659