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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.

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Where do I find the convict number?

On the convict submission form we ask for the Convict number from the Archives of Tasmania Index to Tasmanian Convicts. This is a unique number that the Archives of Tasmania has given to each convict in its index. To find this number for your convict, go to the search form for the Index to Tasmanian Convicts and search for your convict.

You can find the convict number on the list of search results, for example:

progress report on migration of data

Dear friends of Founders and Survivors,

We have received many questions about the status of our data migration process. We are trying to bring together data from a variety of sources -- such as police records, surgeons' records and death registers -- that have been stored in many different formats and data structures. The process of making these different kinds of data ready for electronic publication is complex and time-consuming.

Website theme updated

You may notice that some aspects of this website's visual appearance ('theme') have changed. In particular, some links have been moved from the right sidebar to a new sidebar on the left. All URLs on this site should continue to work as usual. If you have any comments or questions about the site, please contact me.

Claudine Chionh

Clarification: newsletter subscriptions and user accounts

Some of you have received email notification of our newsletter and have tried unsuccessfully to log in as a user on this website. This may be because your address is on our subscription list for the newsletter but is not registered with a user account. These are two different registration systems, but if you do create a new account, your newsletter subscription will then be linked with your account.

In any case, you should not have to log in to download the PDF files for the newsletter. The links are on this page.