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The earliest charts of the Whitsunday area showed only one island, named 'Passage Island' where Dent Island and Hamilton Island currently lie. It was not until 1866, when Commander G. S. Nares, RN, on HMS Salamander, carried out a detailed survey of the northern waters of the Whitsunday Passage that the charts were amended to show two separate islands. Dent Island was named after Lieutenant Albert Dent, RN, on the HMS Salamander.

In 1879 as part of a Government programme of improving navigational aids along the Queensland coast a lighthouse was erected on the island, the first in the area. There is a second island, known locally as ‘Dent Island’ being the small mangrove island in the Proserpine River just downstream of the mouth of Saltwater Creek. It was the scene of the wreck in 1907 of the Ada Dent from which the name is derived.

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

Information Centre Whitsunday Visitor Information Centre - Proserpine

Whitsunday Visitors & Convention Bureau - Airlie Beach

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