Skip to main content

Coming to visit? Ticketed entry is in place to safely manage your visit so please book ahead. Need to cancel or rejig? Email bookings@npg.gov.au

Menu

The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Tony and Maureen Wheeler

2005
Francis Reiss and June Orford

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 40.5 cm x 52.6 cm, image: 35.3 cm x 50.0 cm)

Maureen and Tony Wheeler are the founders and owners of Lonely Planet Publications. As a newly married couple in 1973, they travelled the so-called "hippy trail," the overland backpacking route from England to Australia. Returning to Sydney with just 27 cents between them, the pair found themselves besieged by friends seeking travel advice. They responded by writing a travel guide, Across Asia on the Cheap, and establishing their own publishing business - Lonely Planet Publications - to typeset, sell, promote and distribute the book. Today Lonely Planet Publications is a $55 million business which employs 50 staff around the world and sells over 3 million books a year. A successful website and TV series are among its spin-off assets. The Wheelers still spend 2 to 3 months of every year travelling the world, generally as back-packers, and never flying first-class.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005
© Francis Reiss and June Orford

Artist and subject

Francis Reiss and June Orford (age 78 in 2005)

Tony Wheeler

Maureen Wheeler

Subject professions

Business, trades and industry

Related information

The Companion

Permanent collection catalogue

Café and shop

On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Australian Visit

Previous exhibition, 2006

The exhibition will include works of art from the NPG Canberra's permanent collection with some inward loans and aims to highlight the achievements of notable Australians.

The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance

The Gallery

Visit us, learn with us, support us or work with us! Here’s a range of information about planning your visit, our history and more!

© National Portrait Gallery 2021
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency