It's great to see you are doing a site on Joe Byrne. Despite his low profile, Joe's role in the Kelly story should not be underestimated or undervalued. No matter what is said about Joe in retrospect - we should not forget that Ned respected and trusted him utterly, and that he played a main role in the legend of the Kelly gang. It will be great to get a closer look at him and hopefully from your work on this site, we will all get a better understanding of Joe the man ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Always wanted to know, what's been said before on Joe Online? Well here you can! All the feedback prior to 22, December 2002 are all here! enjoy!

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Brian & Judy Turnock | | 22.12.2002
Well Done :)),great website Best Regards Brian & Judy Hampton Arms Inn & Hampton Books, Greenough Western Australia - Cheers, Surfers, this bookstore has an absolute shrine of Kelly books! - Mike.

Matt Shore | No email given | 7.12.2002
Mr Mike, Congratulations on your bold new design mate - the site now looks better than ever. The new images that you have added recently  are very striking indeed. I love the way you have used the photo of Joe over the Glenrowan Inn signboard. As usual, keep up all the hard work - it certainly shows. Have a safe and happy Christmas in Glenrowan this year - the first of many I'm sure. Congratulations also on the interview with Allison O'Sullivan. To see a picture of William Wick is wonderful - well done! The best of luck to you as always mate, Matt. - Thanks so much Matt, your a true mate! - Mike.

Well done Mike!!
Shane Moad | | 2.12.2002
Well you have outdone yourself this time Mike, its a great site. I have been meaning to say G'day again for some time now but keep getting caught up with other things. Anyway I think your doing a great job not only keeping the Kelly legend alive but in a bigger way keeping people focused on our history. Good on'ya Mike. I hope your move goes well and have a great Christmas mate. By the way I still plan to get over your way to do a painting of Kelly country so when I do I will let you know.- Thanks very much Shane, looking forward to your visit to the North-East! - Mike.

Cheryl Dove | | 1.12.2002
Well done Michael, the work you have put into this site is amazing - we are all very proud of you - keep up the good work
Kevin & Cheryl - Thanks so much Cheryl and Kevin - Mike.
Jay Linsell | sneaky_lil_sh* | 1.12.2002
Eyy mike! The site looks sick as... I remember when you made Kelly outbreak and i thought that was good... Far out this is the best! Oh and to that weird d*ckhead down the bottom... for starters it aint Joe Byrne's site... its mikes, and no he wasn't a cold blooded murdering thief u f*g! maybe READ everything bout it and you'll learn! and to that b*tch what a fool, thinks she knows everything... and then calls him burn? And mike can make what ever site he wants! what you gonna judge him over some skill? Just coz he doesn't use it the way you want him to!! -  A very enthusiastic young man...very true however... - Mike.
Ian Jones titles

Amy Thomas | | 18.11.2002

Ian Jones fans out there will be pleased to hear that Lothian Books is publishing a revised, retitled edition of The Friendship that Destroyed Ned Kelly in February 2003. It is renamed The Fatal Friendship: Ned Kelly, Aaron Sherritt and Joe Byrne, and is a marvellous resource for those who crave Ian's in-depth research. He provides an updated and detailed account of the pivotal friendship that existed between Aaron and Joe, and wonderful detail of the unfolding historical drama they were such key players in. We are also publishing a new edition of Ian's seminal biography Ned Kelly: A Short Life in April 2003. Both books will be must-haves for the serious Kelly enthusiast. - Joe Online will keep you posted, with a count down to the release date - Mike.

Joe's best made?
Joseph Byrne | | 04.11.2002
Joe's armour was best made? really. Yes my name is Joe Byrne, I did a search on google for my name and guess what come up!? this site. I can now say I am proud to call myself Joe Byrne yo
ur site is truly a shrine of info on Joe thanks! - Joe mate that's fantastic! your name is great pal long live the Joe legend!.... - Mike.

Joe's grave

| | 31.10.2002
Hi there, nice site!  I came across Joe's grave while visiting the Benalla cemetary (my wife is from Benalla, and has some scholfriends in there...)  The grave looked bit sad and lonely so we left a small wildflower for him.  Also, I don't think it's right that Joe's armour is in private hands.  It is a national treasure and the government should aquire it and diplay it in a museum for all Australians. - Thanks for the comments Simon, it is not right that Joe's armour is in private hands, but I suppose it is the 'best kept' suit as it has been very well looked after by the Hammond family. It should be on display more often however. - Mike.
Release Date

Lori | email not given | 27.10.2002
Do we know when the movie'll be released? - The movie 'The Kelly Gang' is set to launch sometime in March 2003 - Mike.
Great Site

Mark Kilston | email not given | 08.10.2002
Hey mike,
great site keep up the good work!
its a good design - Thanks Mark - Mike.

Black snake: the daring Ned Kelly
Mike | | | 06.10.2002
G'day folks!
Are you heading or will you be in Canberra  27th of October, why? because the new Kelly gang book, Black snake: the daring of Ned Kelly the author, Carole Wilkinson, will be signing the copy's and taking a speech:
Sunday 27 October, 2pm
Australian Art Talk and Book Reading 'Black snake: The Daring of Ned Kelly' by Carole Wilkinson the author discusses her new publication written for children and young adults in front of Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly series Followed by book signing.
International Art Galleries. A deferent place to attend. For more information on the book, check out our book review section.

Happy Surfing,
Mike Lawson.
Joes grave
llama | | | 22.09.2002

Mike i read in a sydney morning herald article that Joe's grave was dug up by some lamers lookin for a 'ring' and his bones were disturbed? Besides the fact it is a very low act, what do you know about it mate?
Is it true...
llama :) - Unfortunately, yes it is true, poor old Joe's grave was disturbed a few years back, and his bones, were laid at the end of his grave, in a sad, un sorted pile. Now we can clearly see why the relatives of the Kelly Outbreak are so ' tight lipped ' on giving information out to the wrong people; it ends up with dickheads like the moron who dug up Joe's body. Who ever it was they were looking for the rings, obviously, the rings were Constable Scanlon's topaz ring, which was on Joe's right-forth finger, and Lonigan's seal ring, on Joe's left-pinkie finger. It Make's me sick, thanks for the comments llama - Mike.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Joe: Honourable Man
Mark Tredrea |
marcus | 22.09.2002
An insightful and informing look into the ordeals of a brave and (mostly) honourable man.
- Cheers! - Mike.

Love this site.....
Megan maree | | 21.09.2002

love this site. i have a friend who would love this site, so i will tell him about it..
keep up the good work..
- Thanks! - Mike.
Joe Byrne

| | 03.09.2002
Are there anymore pictures of Joe? I would like to see better closeup pictures, so that I can see his features. - Thanks for the comments Kathy the closest picture of Joe is a picture entitled, Byrne: After Hanging,  to the right you will see Byrne: after hanging picture - Mike.

Joe Byrne

gerlinde harmer
| | 03.09.2002
hello! its great this site. i have read a lot of
the kelly gang and i am very interested i
n the character of joe byrne. please go on with this and let me know, what i can do for this subject - it would make me very happy to help you.
greetings from vienna gerlinde
- Good stuff! - Mike.
Joe Byrne
Matthew Sumner
email not given | 25.08.2002
Hi Mike, Congratulations on a very different website. It's very creative and interesting.What do you think of the publicity shots of Orlando Bloom as Joe? Personally I think he really looks the part.Keep up the good work! - Thanks so much Matthew, I am glad I am getting in some excellent comments, now to your question, Orlando Bloom, as Joe, I think he looks super special, he has all the feature's that Joe had, I agree with you mate. Good stuff & thanks! To the left is a Picture of Orlando as Joe, Thanks to my good mate Matt Shore.- Mike.
Site Review

Tania Straus | | 24.08.2002
Interesting insight, into the life and times, of Joe Byrne.
Young Lawson certainly has a passion. And will be a historical expert into Byrne history, to reckon with in the future. - Thanks Tania, comments like these keep my flame burning! - Mike.
G'Day Mike

Matt Shore | | 17.08.2002
G'day Mike, Great to see you new site up and running. All of us that have met you know how passionate you are about 'the boys'. It is great to see a young bloke who isn't obsessed with Nintendo or Play station - instead, you're out there researching and promoting Australian history. Such a fascinating subject. I agree that Joe is a very interesting character. '
The Friendship That Destroyed Ned Kelly ' - the bible may I add! really got me interested in Joe and Aaron, and their tragic story. It also got me hooked on the magnificent Woolshed Valley. I wish you all the best of luck, keep at it and I'm sure that we will see you at the new museum in Beechworth. Congratulations mate! - Thank you so much Matty, your sure you'll see me in Beechworth, Mate you bet your bottom dollar you will see me in Beechworth! I owe you and Doctor Rock heaps, thanks fella's I really love you blokes! - Mike.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Lisa | email not given | 07.08.2002
I just wanted to say your site is great.I have also been obsessed with Ned,Dan,Joe and Steve since childhood.I visit Kelly Country regularly,what a brilliant place.I have been to great exhibitions etc including the re-dedication of Joe's grave at Benalla in '96,Men of Iron exhibit,Ned the exhibition,Kelly Gang exhibit at the Justice Museum Sydney,Joe's armour exhibit in Benalla,and other Kelly Gang exhibits at the State Library,Hyde Park Barracks,Victoria Police Museum etc.I just love them.I have been collecting books,documents articles and anything to do with them since aged 14 years.Your website is really enjoyable.Thanks! Yours Sincerely,Lisa. 
- Thanks so much Lisa. Joe rules! - Mike.
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Nicky Cowie | | | 07.08.2002
Hi Mike, It is great to see you doing a site for Joe Byrne. Despite his low profile, Joe's role in the Kelly story should not be underestimated or undervalued. No matter what is said about Joe in retrospect - we should not forget that Ned respected and trusted him utterly, and that he played a main role in the legend of the Kelly gang. It will be great to get a closer look at him and hopefully from your work on this site, we will all get a better understanding of Joe the man. Good luck with the new site (where on earth do you find the time for two?). Plus, I wish you the best of luck with your move to Glenrowan.
Keep up the hard work Mike - it is all worth it.
Cheers, Nicky :)
- Thanks Nicky; Thanks for the safe move to Glenrowan, Well, time it's one thing I can't get enough of! but it's there, I hope to answer all the up - coming questions relating Joe. Again thanks for the comments! - Mike.

Well done champ!
llama | | | 05.08.2002
Yet again...Young Mike Lawson has come up with the goods! To those visitors that see Mike as a kid obsessed with the Kelly's, or just wonder who the kid is...allow me to tell you what i think of the young champion: He's about Australia, and our short history, and what he can do about keeping it alive and well! ...any help i have givin the bloke has been my absolute pleasure!... and his 'crank calls' to me from his mobile phone late at night
- Thanks Llama, I can't be more appreciative to this fellow bloke of mine thanks Dave! Folks, Dave also has his own fantastic Kelly site at once again, thanks mate - Mike.
What a ' good ' Site

William Lane | | 02.08.02

I am amazed in the speed that this website went up, it was only one page one day, and next it was ready to go. I am a year 12 student and I am doing my HSC, and un - fortunately I can not do Ned Kelly as my teacher, said there is too much info on him. So after seeing this website, I decided I would do it on Ned's best friend Joe Byrne. I have a few questions I hope you will be able to answer:

Was Joe Byrne's horse named Music or Mirth? , Many sources say different.

Joe's horse was music, but Music obeyed both Ned and Joe, for example during Ned's last stand, Music walked between Ned and his attacking police, as if Joe was offering his mate one last chance to escape, Ned pushed her on, she began to trot off, when constable Arthur carefully took aim, and gunned Music down, when everything was over Music had disappeared. Ned's horses name was Mirth.

2/ How did Ned Kelly & Joe Byrne meet?

Well, this one is a tricky one, in the Last Outlaw, Ian Jones' 4 part series, Jim Kelly seemed to have picked up Joe and Aaron, after their stint in gaol, for Illegal possession of a cow hide. As Jim put it in the Last Outlaw, "...I picked up these desperate, fresh out of Beechworth Gaol..." they were met at " Burkes hole saw mill " But Joe, Aaron and the Kelly brothers were never in Beechworth at the same time. So my theory it was more than likely through Jim.

3/ What is your explanation, on why Joe Byrne killed Aaron Sherritt?

I think personally, Joe was pushed over the edge, of everything, hassled by the Quinn's who wanted Aaron dead, and also Tom Lloyd who, thought Aaron was betraying them, but I don't think Joe wanted to kill Aaron, I think it was more than likely, a spur of the moment thing, and Joe had lost all sense of life.

Thank you, William Lane. - No worries William, hope I have helped - Mike.

Shannon | | 24.07.02
that's crap only joking
- yes thanks Shannon, but I am glad you were only Joking - Mike
Good Site!

Leslie Moore| | 18.07.02
To the webmaster of this site just a congrats on a new and rather different website, Ned would be proud, as he would think Joe deserves a site! thanks for the chance to have say!
- Thank you Leslie, I think Ned would be proud too - Mike.

Why Joe!
Vanessa Ryan | | 30.10.2002
I would like to ask the webmaster 'Mike' why in god's name would you make a website about Joe Burn?, what did he ever achieve in his short and criminal life? also, in your 'lock-up' section, you say '
So, whenever you pass by Benalla, on a holiday, caravanning, or even stopping the night in Benalla I ask you to go down to Joe's grave, lay some flowers, or just pay your respects to a most admirable individual' huh! I think not sonny Jim!-I have been to Joe's grave, and I can tell you it's no bigger attraction than my great granny's grave! I have been to Glenrowan, and it's no better than Joe's grave, small, nothing to do, and plain BORING! Grow up kiddo, and use you designing skills for a website about Phar Lap or Edmund Barton..... - You make me sick! You would have to be Joe Online's Moron of the year! It clearly shows how much of the Byrne story you have studied doesn't it? You called Joe Byrne BURN how much does that say for historical knowledge? What is wrong with you honestly!? I suggest you never return to Joe's grave for the simple reason we wouldn't want you to do anything you will regret now would we? moron..... - Mike.
Joe was the ' Murderer ' of the gang

Sid |
email not given | 15.08.2002

To Joe Online,
I just wanted to inform you that Joe Byrne was a murdering, thuggish thief, who killed Aaron Sherritt in clod blooded murder. I don't think this beast deserves a website. - Unfortunately there are people like this dickhead in this world, I am not going to bother with this one anyone want to reply to this? Feel Free!....... - Mike.

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