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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

Transcribers' Workshop for Tasmanian Female Convict Records

Transcribers' Workshop for Tasmanian Female Convict Records with Colette McAlpine of the Female Factory Research Group.

Bookings for this workshop are now closed.

Afternoon tea will be provided.

Learn how to transcribe the digitised description, indent and conduct records of Tasmanian female convicts into the Female Family Founders Database. This database is an initiative of the Female Factory Research Group.

Event date: 
12 February, 2011 - 13:00 - 17:00
Event venue: 
Room 432, fourth floor, 207 Bouverie St, Carlton.

Janet McCalman; transcribers' workshop

Professor Janet McCalman will be on leave for the next six months, and will not be accessing project emails.

If you have already sent Janet an RSVP for the Transcribers' Workshop with Colette McAlpine at the University of Melbourne, 12 February 2011, could you please RSVP again to by 8 February 2011. Apologies for the inconvenience.


Founders and Survivors Newsletter No. 6, December 2010

The December 2010 issue of Chainletter includes updates on volunteer work in progress, an article by Rebecca Kippen on rabies in Tasmania, and information by Sue Hood on transcribing Tasmanian convict records.

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.

Why are there problems with the display of this website?

Since we upgraded our website to a new design in September 2010, some of our users have told us that they have had difficulty reading the text in our search results, or have found other problems with the appearance of this site. Most of the problems that we have looked into are due to using old versions of web browsers (especially Microsoft Internet Explorer) that do not support current web technologies.

If this website appears strange or unreadable to you, we strongly encourage you to upgrade your web browser to a recent version.