Cannonvale, a coastal town, is 20 km north-east of Proserpine and immediately west of Airlie Beach. It was named by Commander George Nares who made a maritime survey of the Whitsunday group of islands in 1864-67 and named a valley observed on the coastline after his assistant ship's surgeon, Richard Cannon. The district was originally known as Cannon Valley as farming spread from Proserpine.

Further Reading: 

Ray Blackwood, The Whitsunday Islands: an historical dictionary, Rockhampton, Central Queensland University Press, 1997


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