Publishers and benefactors Tony and Maureen Wheeler receive honours 

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By John Spierings

Congratulations to Tony and Maureen Wheeler, who founded Lonely Planet in 1973, who have been recognised on the Queen’s Birthday 2014 honours list. They have been appointed officers of the Order of Australia (AO) for their “distinguished service to business and commerce as a publisher of travel guides and as benefactors to Australian arts and aid organisations.” Tony and Maureen Wheeler are founding trustees of Planet Wheeler Foundation (2007-), which funds poverty alleviation projects in the developing world, with a focus on East Africa, Burkina Faso, Afghanistan, Burma and Burma related projects, Cambodia and Laos. They have supported the Wheeler Centre for Books Writing and Ideas since 2008. They have been great friends of the Reichstein Foundation, which is very pleased to note the recognition of their work.

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Publishers and benefactors Tony and Maureen Wheeler receive honours