Born in Bondi and raised in Lane Cove, Ken Shadie attended North
Sydney Technical Boys High, obtaining his Leaving certificate before
starting work at Radio 2UE in Sydney, as an audio panel operator.
In 1954, he was called up for National Service in the Royal Australian
Air Force, completing his six months training before being transferred
to the RAAF Reserve for a further six years.
Married in 1957 to Manly girl Pam Jameson, they have two boys Peter
and Tim. In 1980, the family moved to Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury
River, where he and Pam now live, and Ken continues to work on his
Ken is heavily involved in Community Affairs in town and is currently
President of the Brooklyn RSL Sub-Branch. He is also Vice
President of the Northern Metropolitan District Council of the RSL
and a member of the National Servicemen’s Association.
He is an avid book collector and enjoys writing about his family
history centered around the Hawkesbury, where his Grandmother, for
many years, ran the old kiosk at Peat’s Ferry on Kangaroo
He is a foundation member of the Australian Writers Guild.
As a full voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences, each year Ken views current Hollywood releases, in order
to cast his votes for the Oscars.