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Founders & Survivors is a partnership between historians, genealogists, demographers and population health researchers. It seeks to record and study the founding population of 73,000 men women and children who were transported to Tasmania. Many survived their convict experience and went on to help build a new society.

This website is best viewed using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your browser. Some things do not display properly using Internet Explorer.

A notice to Friends of Founders & Survivors from Janet McCalman:

We regret that owing to worsening technical and security problems we have had to close part of the FAS website to public use. You can still search for a convict and read the transcriptions of his/her records, but, at present, ONLY REGISTERED VOLUNTEERS can access the Community Contributed material. You can still access the FAS newsletter 'Chainletter' via the website. WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS. When the project is transferred to an official, long-term site, all users will again be able to access Community Contributed material. By this time the data will have been cleansed, sorted and verified by the volunteers. We thank you for your support and are much relieved that Founders & Survivors as a community history resource has been promised a secure future by the Tasmanian Government.

Recent News

Website update

Dear friends of Founders & Survivors,

We are delighted to announce that our new website is working, all the databases have been rolled over without hitch, nothing has crashed yet and we hope you will all be much happier with the cleaner, more elegant design.

There are images linked for records in the assignment period but we still need to connect the images for the probation era to the individual convict's record.

Major website upgrade

We have now -- at last! -- updated our website and convict search system to the latest version. Many thanks to Robin Petterd and Sandra Silcot for their months of hard work.

We are still in the process of making minor improvements to the system. If you have any difficulties using the website, or have any comments, please contact us.

This site will be offline for a major upgrade on Monday 13 September

This site will be offline for a major upgrade on Monday 13 September, from approximately 10am to 1pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. At this time, we will be upgrading to our new integrated search system. You will be able to see consolidated life histories of convicts drawn from a variety of sources.

Many of you have submitted additional information on convicts. We are waiting for an ethics application to be approved by the University of Melbourne.

Female Factory Research Group

Please note that the Female Factory Research Group only works on the 12,5000 female convicts sent to Van Diemen's Land, not those sent to New South Wales. It would be wonderful to get a similar group active in New South Wales.