The news: Domain updated 11-8-2022: Now fully retired. But hey, what's this? More climate denialism from Australia? What's with all this national talk of renovating the electricity grid and NO ONE is talking about electrical engineering? (And same for Australian republicanism!) Not anybody! Not just in this country, or from what I can see, but other countres, too. Like, what's with this so-loud silence? Eg., what does the peak body of the electrical engineers have to say? - Ed.
Remember: Netsurf on a matter to see if the Net is missing anything! But facts, not opinion. Other activity: Enjoying life! Now (August, 2022): Updating Merchant Networks Pathways pages in folder /timelines/. More family history writing: More listening to Classical Music on ABC FM, plus SBS Chill. More planning for the 2022 Free Download sections of this website/domain in various categories (see below); HTML5 work: Rejigging the domain main page and CV page.

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Now offering for free download for a limited time: you can now download for free the entire text of the new book Merchant Networks 1760-1860 (15 years of research in modern history). Text work: Now rewriting a major new manuscript on Ancient History, Climate Changes, earlier titled The Bleak, (which is now part-downloadable).

For the earliest beginnings of the Free Download section, go now to: NB: These websites were designed on a tower computer and are still best seen from a tower computer, not a mobile phone or a tablet computer. For info on recent hits/pageviews see or this web domain at: CV, or personal/opinion12.
Appearance from Feb. 2022 on this website and on of a co-written article by Peter Dickson/Dan Byrnes on convict contractor to North America (Virginia and Maryland) John Stewart (d.1772), convict transportation and salt production/sales (near Portsea/Portsmouth), in Southern England. See John Stewart at Portsea: Convicts & Salt, by Peter Dickson ... (See also: Peter Dickson's profile at

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You can also now look for more free downloads from the following eleven separate websites ... (Some are now fully-finished, some are not-yet-finished.) Just look around for the correct links.
About page - finished (now fully retired)
Lost Worlds - The Website - now closed - ie, finished. Explore history timelines and wonder deeply about the past.
Bibliographies/Booklists (Australian history) - work-in-progress
The Blackheath Connection - A major work in Early Modern Australian history _ The Blackheath Connection ... a 70+ page website on convict transportation to North America, then to Australia to 1810. Based on The Duncan Campbell Letterbooks 1758-1803++ held by Mitchell Library, Sydney. (Prelude to Merchant Networks

.) Finished -
The English Business of Slavery - a 12-chapter website book - finished except for the last chapter which needs some small attention re explorer William Dampier.
The Merchant Networks Project (A follow-up to The Blackheath Connection) - The Merchant Networks Project website (Updated from 3-9-2019, now being finished. Merchant and commercial histories with Dan Byrnes and Ken Cozens) - now finished!
Merchants and Bankers Listings (history) - some Climate history - now finished.
History of Music Technology - article and timelines (HoTM) - work-in-progress -)
Poetry (Poems 1-1000) Or, from ages 17 to 74 - work-in-progress still.
Humour - work-in-progress
Short stories and a few articles - finished
Personal Website, The - now includes family history - A work-in-progress.

"Zoom", the webmaster's cat, 2004
Zoom the webmaster's cat, 2004
"Zoom", a female cat with a very impassive gaze, and most fondly remembered, too, as a companion for a bookreader. She'd been abandoned as an adult cat and literally zoomed to food when I first in the 1990s decided to adopt her. Photo by Dan Byrnes

What these websites do

(a) Present a wide variety of content plus provide free downloads ... eg.,

  • New pages: Humour
  • bluepin gifComing up soon: More from Larry West (of Houston, Texas, USA) on genetics of people-movements in Ancient History
  • Buy an e-book of poetry by Dan Byrnes from Kindle on clicking here
  • CV for Dan Byrnes: resume/CV
  • Short stories
  • Poetry by Dan Byrnes (Old or new)
  • List of usual contributors: Dan Byrnes and Ken Cozens (UK, history). Peter Dickson (UK, history). Ed Matzenik (Maitland, Australia, music). Brian Robson (Bondi, Sydney, Australia, re computers, Australian politics (but now discontinued). Larry West (Texas, USA, affairs in general). Joel Byrnes (Brisbane, Australia, technical assistance, music modern, affairs in general). Gerry Patterson (Melbourne, Australia, affairs in general) Thanks to Dora Koops for proofreading etc. E-mailers various, inc. Sydney author Monika Allan, Michael Longmire (Virginia, USA, history). Shane Ware (Tamworth, history). Max Ellis, David Mead and Lou Farina in Tamworth. Shane Muldoon (Melbourne, Economics), Reggie Thomson (history). Certain of these websites (news digests various, Lost Worlds, Merchant and Bankers Listings, Merchant Networks, The Blackheath Connection, The English Business of Slavery) were closed in May 2020 due to corona virus (Covid 19) and associated problems. NOT due to be closed are sections of this domain for feedback, poetry, music matters, family history, humour, and various things personal.

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    Dan Byrnes © 1997-2022 plus contributors in their own right. All rights reserved. | Images: In-house logos and some graphics by Lou Farina, Joel Byrnes, Dan Byrnes. Many photos by Dan Byrnes. Assistance with Linux technicals from Daniel Baldwin (Armidale). Past technical assistance from Gerry Patterson, Owen Wigg, Brian Robson of Bondi in Sydney, Joel Byrnes. Assistance from the 1990s with HTML mark-up work from Brian Robson, Gerry Patterson, Joel Byrnes.

    Now reading; Mark Lewisohn, The Beatles Tune In. Little/Brown, 2013, (A masterpiece of excellent historical research!)
    Paul McCartney (Sir), (Edited with an Introduction by Paul Muldoon), The Lyrics: 1956 to the present. Two vols. Allen Lane/Penguin/Random House/MPL, 2021. (And see website HotM by date.) E-mail anytime to:

    Otherwise reading: Hugh Thomas, An Unfinished History of the World. London, Papermac, 1995.

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