About the Author
Daniel Hardie started playing cornet in a boy's brass band at age 8, later played flute, then drum and bugle at high school. After graduating in history at Sydney University, he played clarinet in the house band at the Sydney Jazz Club. He has a fascination for old boats and jazz recordings. Since retiring from the Australian Civil Service, he has devoted himself to historical research and painting. His first book, Forgotten Fleets, a history of the small boats of Sydney harbour, was published in 1990. He has also published a number of monographs and journal articles on maritime historical subjects. He has exhibited his Sea Heritage paintings in major Australian cities and country centres. This is his first foray into the field of musical history. He is married and has two grown daughters.