Vale C. Warren Bonython 1916-2012

Pioneer bushwalker, scientist and explorer Warren Bonython passed away this week and I’d like to dedicate my 2009 Heysen Trail assignment for Australian Geographic to his memory.

Warren marked the ground that established the 1200km Heysen Trail walk from Cape Jervis, Fleurieu Peninsula to Parachilna Gorge in far north South Australia

I photographed Warren at his Adelaide home with his wife Bunty and remember well, the humility and generosity of the couple as they welcomed a relative stranger into their labyrinthine home  – a shrine to the life of an adventurer.

The walls were adorned with fabulous outback art, the office, jam-packed with original sketch maps of his first forays into the South Australian outback in the late sixties. His list of academic achievements is as long as my arm.

See my blog links from my 2009 Australian Geographic assignment with writer Quentin Chester.

Click link for Australian Geographic Heysen Trail gallery:

See: The Painted Trail,  Australian Geographic, issue 95 (Oct – Dec 2009)

© Warren Field / Australian Geographic 2012


2 thoughts on “Vale C. Warren Bonython 1916-2012

  1. Hi
    I think it is time we looked into renaming the Heysten Trail the Heysen-Bonython Trail. I think it would be fitting to have Warren’s name on something that is such an enduring gift to the State.

    • Hi Sarah
      I’d be very happy to see that happen. Having met him and seen his research, enthusisam and dedication to opening up the outback promoting a healthy lifestyle that is surely of great benefit in this day and age it’s the least the we can do. I’d love to return to the Flinders again soon.

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