Michael Flynn is a Sydney historian working on the early colonial and Aboriginal history of NSW, and the city and suburbs of Sydney. His MA thesis for the University of Sydney was published as 'The Second Fleet: Britain's grim convict armada of 1790' (1993/2001). He is also the author of 'Settlers and seditionists: the people of the convict ship Surprize, 1794' (1994). He assisted the late Mollie Gillen with her 1989 book 'The founders of Australia: a biographical dictionary of the First Fleet' and is preparing a revised and rewritten version of her work as 'Founders: a biographical dictionary of the First Fleet'. He is a board member and honorary research officer for Biographical Database of Australia: www.bda-online.org.au/.