Brian was born and educated in New Zealand (North Island), and first went to Australia to work on a cattle station in 1957. He worked on huge properties where the big mobs of cattle used to run and many of the people he met there had larger-than-life quality. He has been a sheep and cattle drover, a shearer, a fencer, a saddler and a dairy farmer. He now lives with his wife Carene on a property near Toowoomba where they have bred and trained many beautiful Arabian horses.
Brian was influenced greatly in the early days by the men he worked with, and later by Mr R M Williams, whom he met while residing in North Queensland. He worked with RM in establishing the Australian National Bicentennial Trail (formerly known as The National Horse Trail) from Melbourne to Cooktown, and remained close friends until RM passed away.
Recognising that the skills he learned in the early days in the 'bush' were slowly disappearing, Brian began writing of his experiences in a way to preserve these for future generations.