Brian Shaw was born in Sydney. As an apprenticed aircraft
engineer, his spare time was spent on racing cars, surfing and
On taking employment in New
Guinea, he spent over sixteen years exploring, caving, rafting
and mountain climbing throughout that varied and exotic country.
He learned Pidgin and met pygmies, former headhunters and
While salvaging over thirty aircraft, he
survived two air crashes and various tribal battles, was held
hostage and was later made honorary chief of a Sepik tribe.
On taking employment back in Australia as a
licensed aircraft engineer with East West, Ansett and Virgin, he
flew thousands of kilometres on jetliners crewing as a 'flying
spanner' and rescuing numerous stranded airliners from outlying
Pacific Islands. This, plus Shaw's travels through over sixty
five countries led to publication
of numerous articles, including:
- Kingdom of Nokondi
- Maui-Wowee, and
- Smoked Corpses of Aseki
Many of his experiences have been
fictionalised in Island in the Sky, Fire Cult, Devil's Chariot
and forthcoming Cross of Goa.