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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

Founders and Survivors Newsletter No. #3, December 2009

We recently sent an email to newsletter subscribers with links to the latest issue of Chainletter, the Founders and Survivors newsletter. These links were corrupted in the email and we are investigating the problem. The newsletter introduction can be seen here and PDF files for the newsletter are available: high resolution and low resolution.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

regular maintenance on Wednesday mornings

The Founders and Survivors website will be offline for essential system maintenance every Wednesday between 9:00am and 9:30am, Eastern Australian time. Thank you for your patience.

Founders and Survivors on Facebook

You can now connect to the Founders and Survivors project on Facebook. remains the principal online location for this project, but the Facebook page provides Facebook users with another way of sharing news about the project.

No information about registered users or convict submissions will be published on Facebook.


Software and database updated

Dear friends of Founders and Survivors,

Thank you all for your patience while we updated the software that runs this website. One of the main tasks was to put in place a new system for submitting convicts and viewing and editing your submissions. There are now two new links in the sidebar, for viewing/editing your convicts and submitting new convicts, which you will be able to use when you log in. Please use these links instead of the old submission form.