Updated 9 November, 2020. A book for the times, indeed.
Adam Kucharski, The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread, and Why They Stop. Profile, 2020. This is Australia. And Facebook (I'm a retired journalist) can get knotted, we hope soon (and see below). US bastards, and takers of copyright, their arrogance really needs reigning in! What Facebook needs is a huge dose of humility, and we hope soon. And who said Facebook ran a decent news service anyway - they don't! (No experienced editors!) They are merely US idiot cowboys and partly responsible for huge dope Donald J. Trump being POTUS! Congratulations meantime to the Biden-Harris team in the USA who have shoved Trump aside on the busy highway of life! But the US is in decline and the international behaviour/attitude of Trump and Facebook is just another of the symptoms! Facebook (which pettifogs like a deadbeat about paying for non US-news) ... Not that any of this pettifogging about money is new! Far from it! Try reading: Scott Reynolds Nelson, A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon Financial History of American Financial Disasters. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.

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Latest update work is on historical genealogy esp. on businessman Robert Brooks of UK (died 1882) (also James Cain in Melbourne and Robert Towns in Sydney) - Check also, Dan Byrnes' blog at: Dan Byrnes' Blog. Now finishing a new book co-written with Londoner Ken Cozens on Merchant Networks written between 2007-2020, treating history of British Empire 1760-1860, ie, loss of the American colonies, birth of the USA, the rise of British-India and the British capture of Australia and New Zealand, or, Australasia. Which people thankfully are already asking about! Has much attention to names which are forgotten or near-forgotten ...

A suite of websites with content ranging from Australian convict history to the personal, digests of international (old not new) news, music matters, creative writing, humour, and a spot of family history, plus some of The Future too ... not to speak of a dab of satire ... See bottom of page for extra notes on what of this domain has been closed due to the corona virus worldwide pandemic by about May 2020.
E-mail anytime to: dan@danbyrnes.com.au. For 2020:
Now redesigning these websites (a huge job). Last heard of re Dan Byrnes' profile on www.academia.edu at 3851 hits (increases of about 10 per day on the best days) for specialty history articles with hits from eg.,: Recent researchers (mostly in the English-reading world) have given this website hits from: Kuwait, New Guinea, Australia, UK, USA. Philippines, Malaysia, USA, UK. Australia, USA, UK. Canada, Australia, USA, UK, Finland. Australia, USA. UK, USA, Canada. New Zealand, Canada, Australia, USA. UK, USA, Thailand. Australia, USA Connecticut, Zurich in Switzerland, Lahore in Pakistan. Calif in USA, Australia, Israel, UK (Newcastle). Australia, UK, USA. Spain, Australia, Sweden, UK. Australia, USA, UK, China. Australia, Pakistan, USA. Spain. USA, Australia, Canada, UK. USA, Australia, UK, Pakistan, Zambia, Africa, Lithuania. USA, New Zealand. Ecuador, Canada, Australia. Australia, Canada, USA, Belgium, France. USA, Australia, Norway. UK, Australia, France. New Zealand, Philippines, USA. Italy, India, Australia, USA, UK. USA, Canada, Italy, Australia. USA, Australia, Cyprus, Cambodia, Canada, India, Holland. Australia. USA, Philippines, Japan, Chile. USA, UK, Australia. USA, Australia, UK, Romania. Australia, USA, UK, Philippines, Brazil. USA, Ireland, Singapore, USA, France, Holland, UK. Australia.
Dan Byrnes has works cited on Google Scholar (by eg., English historian Emma Christopher, A Merciless Place (2010). Also, work by the Australian, Tom Keneally, A Commonwealth of Thieves (2005) on early European Sydney 1788-1792.) Otherwise some of his historical work is currently cited at eg.,: link.gale.com; Hilary M. Carey, (University of Bristol), Empire of Hell: Religion and The Campaign to End Convict Transportation in the British Empire, 1788-1875. Cambridge University Press, 2019.; at University of Queensland website re Byrnes' Outlooks article on British whaling cited in: Dr. John Ayres Mills, The Contribution of the whaling industry to the Economic Development of the Australian Colonies: 1770-1850, a 2016 PhD thesis. In the journal American Neptune, a 1985 issue. Dan Byrnes also has profiles on Facebook and Linked-In.

The biblography sections will be closed by Christmas 2020. What will NOT be closed for these websites due to corona virus changes will be sections for: poetry, family history, humour, personal ... For a few other remarks on closure of some of these websites see: re corona virus ...

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
Email anytime to: dan@danbyrnes.com.au.

Who We Are

Dan Byrnes is now retired, but ... he carries on undeterred and asks the question: if Australia is indeed The Land of Lest We Forget, how and why is it that we remember so badly? ...

Photo: Dan Byrnes by Lou Danielli

Your webmaster has lately been blogging on history topics at Linked-In History Enthusiasts forum; several times a Top Contributor there in 2014. Revising websites. Has lately been working on finishing two books, one, on Merchant Networks (commercial history 1760-1860), and two, "cultural comment", also blogging ... Pay Pal Prefer gif

What these websites do

Presenting a wide variety of content ... and now being redesigned

Some of the crew

People to talk to, to learn from ...

  • Gerry Patterson

    Computer programmer, musician, friend. (Impossible to please, however, eg., in 2019 he wants to know: how good are rhetorical questions?)
  • Joel Byrnes

    Of Brisbane. Graphics, technical help and advice for this domain.
  • Lou Farina

    Photographer, webmaster, musician, joke-teller
  • Photo of Andrew Clermont

    Andrew Clermont

    Musician, multi-instrumentalist, guru, constantly on tour
  • Photo of Ed Matzenik

    Ed Matzenik

    Rock bass guitarist and video guru who inspired the website HOTM

Misuse complaints: Thankfully there is only one complaint, but it's a real doozy. Re "the web's most comprehensive Christian site" - "God bless America" says the stern eagle graphic. "God bless" for thieving US Protestant clergymen? I don't think so. See the webpage (scroll down a bit): Oddthings.

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, affairs in general). Gerry Patterson (Melbourne, Australia, affairs in general) Thanks to Dora Koops for proofreading etc. E-mailers various, inc. 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, personal.

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 V19/20 ...

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Dan Byrnes as an Australian writer has had websites online since 1997. E-mail incoming has remained gratifying, to say the least, for many years.
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