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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.

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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

Founders and Survivors Newsletter No. 5, August 2010

In this second issue of Chainletter for 2010 we bring good news about the start of research projects and the final policy on the public release of data submitted by donor historians and convict descendants. This issue also features news about our partnership with the Female Factory Research Group, and an article about the Queen's Orphan Schools.

There are two files available for download: a larger file with a larger image resolution (higher quality images), and a smaller file which is more suitable if you have a slow internet connection.

New volunteer group and discussion forums added

Dear volunteers,

At the Melbourne volunteers' workshop on 25 June, we identified a number of research tasks that volunteers can start working on. Some of these require physical access to sources, while others can be done online from any location. I have created a new group for coordinating Volunteers' projects, along with discussion forums for some of the tasks. If you are interested in helping with these or any other research tasks, please join the Volunteers' projects group at http://www.foundersandsurvivors.org/node/86860

Founders and Survivors project update

Dear Founders & Survivors subscribers,

Our IT team, Claudine Chionh, Sandra Silcot and Robin Petterd are in the final stages of building the new interface and website.

UPDATED link for Founders and Survivors Newsletter No. #4, April 2010

This first issue of Chainletter for 2010 looks at crime, misdemeanors and redemption. And we are delighted to review Alison Alexander’s new book — the first to be written directly from Founders & Survivors’ research. Finally, we announce the coming launch of our online work-station and our first volunteers’ workshop.

There are two files available for download: a larger file with a larger image resolution (higher quality images), and a smaller file which is more suitable if you have a slow internet connection.