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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

Contributing to Chainletter (deadline: 21 August 2011)

Would you like to contribute to Chainletter, the Founders and Survivors Newsletter? The deadline for contributions to issue number 8 is 21 August 2011. If you are interested in contributing an article, please contact Janet McCalman on

Founders and Survivors research news

On 18 July, the University of Melbourne hosted a workshop for 'Convicts and Diggers' chief researchers. Twenty researchers attended from Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Canberra.

Founders and Survivors Newsletter No. 7, April 2011

This first issue of Chainletter for 2011 looks at the Vandemonians on the Victorian goldfields. It was inspired by the work of our first volunteer working party on the Tasmanians recorded in the Victoria Police Gazettes.

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.

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