November 2021: Appearance on this website of a new four-page article - by Peter Dickson - On convict contractor John Stewart (d.1772) and salt production (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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Updated: 16-1-2022: Now reading; booklists; 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:
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A suite of websites from Australia with content ranging from Australian convict history to the personal, digests of international (now mostly old not new) news, music matters, creative writing, humour, and a spot of family history, plus some green things, plus some of The Future too ... not to speak of a dab of satire on the way through ...

You can also look for the following eleven separate websites ... (Some are now finished, some are not.)
About page - finished (now 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. Finished -
The English Business of Slavery - a 12-chapter website book - finished
The Merchant Networks Project (A follow-up to The Blackheath Connection) - The Merchant Networks Project website (Updated from 3-9-2019, now being redesigned, merchant and commercial histories with Dan Byrnes and Ken Cozens) - finished
Merchants and Bankers Listings (history) - finished
History of Music Technology (HoTM) - work-in-progress - articles and timelines)
Poetry (Poems 1-1000) - work-in-progress
Humour - work-in-progress
Short stories and a few articles - finished
Personal Website, The - work in progress

What these websites do

Presenting a wide variety of content ...

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  • Short stories
  • Poetry by Dan Byrnes (Old or new)
  • Tech update: From early 2019: This website is lately made with open source web editor kit Bluefish and produced with a Linux Mint o/s V20 ...

    List of usual contributors: Ken Cozens (UK, history). Peter Dickson (UK, history). Ed Matzenik (Maitland, Australia, music). Brian Robson (Bondi, Sydney, Australia, 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). 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 and associated problems. NOT due to be closed are sections of this domain for feedback, poetry, music matters, family history, humour, and things personal.

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    Books by Dan Byrnes which these websites have inspired.
    Ancient History, The Bleak by Dan Byrnes (forthcoming). An exploration of human life from the end of the last Ice Age (c.11000BC-to-8000BC) to the present day without the Holy Books ... Now being rewritten ...
    Modern history: from 1690s to 1810. The Blackheath Connection. Followed up by, and ending in 1700 The English Business of Slavery. And a new book scheduled for launching in late 2021, Merchant Networks. Explores ...
    Some of Dan Byrnes' work in early Australian history has been cited in the following titles: Maxine Lorraine Darnell, The Chinese Labour Trade to New South Wales. 1783-1853: An Exposition of Motives and Outcomes. University of New England, Armidale, Australia. January 1997. Ph.D thesis.
    Tom Keneally, The Commonwealth of Thieves: The Sydney Experiment. Sydney, Random House, Australia, 2005.
    Balleneros del Sur. Antropología e historia de la industria ballenera en ls costas sudamericanas. by Daniel Quiroz, a highly-followed author on, with ... con- tours os Spain’s imperialism in the Pacific, 1521-1898. Environmental History, 12 (1): 65-88. BYRNES, Dan (1988), Outlooks for England’s South Whale Fishery, 1784-1800, and the Great Botany Bay Debate.
    From whips to wages: From coercive to incentive driven labor by Dr. Jennie Jeppesen; Melbourne Univ. Unpublished data Dan Byrnes; Personal correspondences June 2014.
    Artistic license in heritage visualisation: Re Sydney cove circa 1800 by Dr Kit Devine, Heritage visualisations are works of the cultural imaginary and this paper examines the artwork Artistic License: VR Sydney Cove ca. 1800 which foregrounds the interpretive nature of heritage visualisation. It is a re-imagining in virtual reality of A View of Sydney Cove, New South Wales, 1804, a contemporaneous print of Sydney Cove. Existing in the liminal space between accuracy and authenticity it is both art object and heritage visualisation. The dual nature of this work supports engagement with wider audiences, fostering and broadening debate at individual, institutional, academic and societal levels about the nature and role of heritage. Cozens, K. and D. Byrnes. "For 1800-1820 (work-in-progress)", 22 May 2004. Royal Museums Greenwich, private correspondence, ...
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    Current Preoccupations: Book promotion ideas. These websites; music music music.
    John Stewart by Peter Dickson placed on -
    Hits to these websites. Hits were rising 1997-2008 when Facebook and other social media began to erode hit levels disastrously. The years 2008-2021 were disastrous for hits! But hit levels began to improve again from October-November 2021, to 81 daily (best figure), possibly because Facebook had modified the name of its parent company to Meta. For the future? blog = 17 on November 19, blog =17 on November 18. blog = 18 on November 17. blog = 18 on November 16. Monday November 15, domain hits were 4. Sunday, November 14, hits were 29. Saturday, November 13, hits were 81. Friday, November 12, hits were 25. November 10, hits were 41. November 9, hits were 42.
    Who is linked to websites by Dan Byrnes (Other). The (English) Shakespeare family genealogical website.
    Poetry by Dan Byrnes. Amazon prime carries a book of poetry by Dan Byrnes.

    Stephen Davis was once head of a maritime museum at Hong Kong, where he wrote a book published eight years ago, on the Keying, a Chinese junk which made its way to England in 1849. The Blackheath Connection is listed in the Bibliography.

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    Dan Byrnes © 1997-2021 plus contributors in their own right. All rights reserved. | Images: In-house logos and some graphics by Lou Farina and Joel Byrnes. Many photos by Dan Byrnes. Assistance with Linux technicals from Daniel Baldwin (Armidale). Past technical assistance from Owen Wigg, Brian Robson. Assistance from the 1990s with HTML mark-up work from Brian Robson of Bondi, Australia. Gerry Patterson, Joel Byrnes.

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