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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

New convict submission system

As you will see in the latest issue of our newsletter, we have created a new system for submitting convicts, to make up for the deficiencies in the previous system. All new submissions must be made using the process described in the FAQ entry, 'How do I add information about a Tasmanian convict?'.

The old 'Submit a convict' form is now closed to new submissions. If you have previously submitted convicts under the old system:

  1. You do not need to re-submit your previous entries; they will be incorporated into our master database


Melbourne volunteers' workshop

Our first Melbourne workshop on 25 June will be to get to know some of our volunteers, and start organising projects. This will be only the beginning—please do not feel you are missing out if you cannot be there.

We will commence with a talk by Alison Alexander and then spend the rest of the day organising groups and individual projects.

One of the reasons for holding it on a week day is that there are plenty of places to find lunch and where we can talk more informally. We are seeking as much advice from you as you will be from us!

Event date: 
25 June, 2010 - 10:00 - 16:00
Event venue: 
University of Melbourne School of Population Health, 221 Bouverie St, Carlton

Interviews about the design of this site

Dear Volunteers,

There is a lot of changes and developments happening with the Founders and Survivors site in the near future. I'm currently helping the team with the design of the site.

I would like to do some short interviews with some of the users of the site, to get a sense of how the community would like the site to look and how you want it to work. These interviews can be done on the phone or if you are based in Hobart we can meet at my office.

If you are interested please contact me via email at

Thank you

Robin Petterd

Local volunteer groups

Dear friends of Founders and Survivors,

Many of you have indicated your interest in working with other volunteers in your area, or in making contact with other local genealogists. I have set a up a number of pages on this website to facilitate this. You can visit the Groups page to see a list of local volunteer groups, and request membership of a group.

If you would like to join or suggest a location that is not listed, or if you would like to assist us by coordinating a local group, please contact Claudine.