In 1863 coal was discovered in the Burrum District by John and Robert Miller.
Coal mining helped provide electricity to the region by delivering coal to the Howard Power Station, which commenced operations in 1951. Various mines were located over the Burrum Coalfield that supported large numbers of workers and their families.
By 1900 Burrum Coalfield was the only operating coalfield of any importance outside of the south-east corner of Queensland.
The boilers were originally from the Burgowan No.7 mine where they were used for steam to power the winding engine and ventialtion fan in pre electricity days. However, when Burgowan No. 12 opened the boilers were relocated and used as water storage tanks for the miner's bathroom.
Burgowan No. 12 mine was the last coal mine to operate on the Burrum Coalfields which was where the boilers were retrieved from.