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Founders and Survivors Newsletter, No.14, September 2013

This is the second edition of Chainletter for 2013. It provides a progress report on the Ships Project and the future of Founders & Survivors. Also, volunteer Colin Tuckerman writes about the Earl St Vincent; a new book, Patchwork Prisoners is reviewed; Rebecca Kippen gives a history of birth, death and marriage registrations in Tasmania; Garry McLoughlin tells the remarkable story of Irish convict Philip O'Reilly; and Jenny Wells details an example of chain migration to Tasmania.

Founders and Survivors Newsletter, No.13, May 2013

This is the first edition of Chainletter for 2013. It's theme is 'imposture and the fantasists who committed it'. Read fascinating stories of rogues, murderers and swindlers. Also find out what the volunteers have been doing this year, and the future of the Founders and Survivors project.

A small (1.3 MB) and large (3.1 MB) version of the newsletter is available for download. Enjoy!

Founders and Survivors Storylines

Founders and Survivors Storylines was launched in Hobart on 3 December 2012 by the Premier of Tasmania, Lara Giddings. It is an online resource designed for school students based on data collected by the Founders and Survivors project. The official website will be available from January 2013 (we will keep you posted). In the meantime you can keep track of what is happening with FAS Storylines on their Facebook page at

If you do not have a Facebook account, here are some links to the YouTube videos:


Ships Project News

FAS volunteers working on the Ships Project trace the lives of every convict on a ship, finding marriages, births and deaths of the convicts and their children. They also trace any AIF descendants - ie, those who fought in WWI. It is very interesting, but time-consuming research.

As this project needs to be completed by the end of July 2013, we can no longer accept new volunteers to this project.


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