F.G. Shaw, Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS) and associate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (AMICE), presumably visited southern Africa during the eighteen-nineties. He wrote three papers on the geology of the goldfields of the subcontinent: "Witwatersrand banket beds" was published in the Proceedings of the Chemical and Metallurgical Society of South Africa (1894, Vol. 1, pp. 34-40). The other two papers both appeared in the Transactions of the Federated Institution of Mining Engineers (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England) and dealt with "Auriferous conglomerates of the Witwatersrand" (1893) and "The gold-fields of Matabeleland" (1896).