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Whitsunday Group of Islands - Cities, Towns and Localities
Special thanks to Ray Blackwood for permission to use content from his fantastic work and publication about ‘The Whitsunday Islands, An Historical Encyclopaedia’.

Source: Ray Blackwood, The Whitsunday Islands, An Historical Encyclopaedia
Available through the
Proserpine Historical Museum or
Parks & Wildlife, Whitsunday District Office, PO Box 332, AIRLIE BEACH QLD 4802

Tancred Island

Located in Shute Harbour, Tancred Island was named in 1932 by RAN boat party, under the command of Lieutenant Commander C.G. Little, RAN, which camped on South Molle Island for about six months while surveying nearby islands and waters. The island was named after Lieutenant G.D. Tancred, RAN, who was a member of the party.

Tancred became head of the navy’s Hydrographic Service during World War 2. In the 1960s he was instrumental in having major navigational lights placed on Holborne Island, Pinnacle Point, Edward Island, Penrith Island and Vernon Rocks to provide a more direct route for larger vessels outside the Whitsunday Islands. This route gave them a straight run from Cape Bowling Green to North Reef, avoiding the shallower section of the Cumberland Channel near Silversmith Island and Coppersmith Rock.

Tancred Island can also lay claim to having enjoyed vice regal patronage. In late July 1928, the then Governor General of Australia, Lord Stonehaven, made a private visit to Queensland to do some fishing and sight-seeing. He was picked up at Mackay by Arthur Busuttin in the launch Laura and taken to Tancred Island (which was at that time unnamed). A base camp was set up on the island from which over several days, a variety of day-trips were arranged in the HMAS Moresby which was in the area on survey work at the time and in an amphibian plane from RAAF Flight 101 based at Bowen. Bowen Museum have photographs of the camp.

The island was declared a national park in 1938.

Source: Ray Blackwood, The Whitsunday Islands, An Historical Encyclopaedia

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