Nigel Heyward was an alumnus of the University of Tasmania, majoring in history and English and worked as a teacher in Sarawak (Malaysia) for 22 years. After returning to Tasmania he was warden of Christ College from 1982 to 1987. Nigel Heyward passed away in December 2014.
The book focuses on the following aspects of North Borneo: Town and Country, People and Customs, People and Places, History, Economy and Resources, and Government. With 6 maps of the region.