Ray Bean’s Travels

Having now gone through the NSW State Library’s catalogue of photos for Walkabout Magazine I now have a fairly good idea of where Ray Bean was when. It seems likely that he sent is first photo into Walkabout Magazine sometime in either 1940 or 1941. As there is one single photo for 1941 attributed to Ray Bean and then used in 1946 before Ray became a staff photographer for National Geographic and Walkabout Magazine.

There are more Walkabout Magazine photographs in the Victorian Archives which I still need to go through so it is possible that I am incorrect about this and that there will be more earlier photos in that collection. In the mean time, in year order but not in place order. These are the places that Ray Bean travelled to from 1947 to 1950 and took many photographs for Walkabout Magazine that were used by the Magazine well into the 1960’s for their magazines.

1941 Fur seals- (possibly Tasmania)

1947 Queensland

  • Springvale to Wrtaluna


  • Altona
  • Rutherglen
  • Murray River
  • Snake Island
  • Mildura
  • Glen Rowan
  • Burmah Lakes
  • Towong Hill Station
  • Hume Dam

1947 NSW

  • Kosciusko
  • Howlong
  • Swampy Plains River
  • Indi River
  • Kangaroo Point
  • Hawkesbury River

1947 SA

  • Lake Harry
  • Muloorina Station
  • Mount Gason
  • Mungeranie
  • Maree
  • Kopperramanna
  • East Painter
  • Etadunna

1948 WA

  • Derby
  • Freemantle
  • Kimberly
  • Wyndham
  • Marble Bar
  • Nullagine
  • Pemberton
  • Kalgoorlie
  • Broome
  • Transcontinental Railway Line

1948 Victoria

  • Melbourne (Royal Mind, Cloisters etc)
  • Belgrave
  • Caulfield

1948 SA

  • St Peters Cathedral
  • Adelaide
  • North Terrace

1948 NSW

  • Wingecaribee
  • Bowral

1949 Queensland

  • Loan Pine

1949 Victoria

  • Geelong
  • Easley
  • South Yarra
  • Footscray
  • Fishermens Bend

1949 NSW

  • Newcaslte
  • Bowral
  • Bansktown
  • Dangar Island
  • Bathurst
  • Parkes
  • Cowra
  • Bowthorne, Hunter River

1950 Archipelago of the Recherche

1950 Victoria

  • Royal Mint
  • Yallburn
  • Melbourne

1950 NSW

  • Blue Mountains
  • Megalong Valley
  • Mosman
  • Manley


Ray Bean’s Travels — 1 Comment

  1. Dear Tina,
    You may be interested that Mitchell Rolls’ book ‘Travelling Home, Walkabout Magazine and Mid-Twentieth-Century Australia’ mentions Bean as an AGS staff photographer (pages and references Australian Geographic Society Bulletin no. 6, 24 August 1948, Appendix A, ML550/05 Beresford Box 2 (43).
    “One of the first three ‘tours’ commissioned was a 6,597-mile expedition through the remote regions of Western Australia (the Pilbara and Kimberley) in June–September 1948. Leading the expedition was the novelist and sometimes Walkabout contributor Arthur Upfield. 68 He was accompanied by an AGS staff photographer, Ray Bean”….”The photographers too had an assigned quota. Ray Bean needed to be prepared to expose 1,500 negatives, but 1,000 were expected.”

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