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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

Founders and Survivors Newsletter No.18 December 2014

The final Chainletter for 2014 provides an update on the Convicts and Diggers project by Rebecca Kippen; a report by Janet McCalman on a new ARC funded project on the First AIF; an article by Jenny Wells on Thomas Bock, the first in a new series of articles on convict artists; and a call for volunteers for First AIF.

Wishing all our Founders & Survivors Community a Happy Christmas and may we see you all in 2015 as we embark on a new journey with the AIF.

Founders and Survivors Newsletter, No.17, September 2014

This is the second Chainletter for 2014. Hamish Maxwell-Stewart reports on the new grants from the Australian Research Council Linkage Scheme. Rebecca Kippen gives an update on the progress of the Convicts to Diggers project, providing some interesting early results. An edited version of the public lecture delivered at the University of Edinburgh in March by Janet McCalman is provided. Tony Stagg reflects on some of the more dramatic workplace deaths he has found while transcribing for Rebecca Kippen.

Founders and Survivors Newsletter, No.16, May 2014

This is the first Chainletter for 2014. Rebecca Kippen gives an update on Convicts & Diggers; Hamish Maxwell-Stewart reports on his new projects in the United Kingdom; Lucy Frost recounts the history of the Female Convicts Research Centre; Trudy Cowley explains about the new home for the Female Convicts in Van Diemen's Land database; Janet McCalman reports on a five-week tour of European research; and Colette McAlpine describes Hobart in the 1830s.

Happy Reading!

Founders and Survivors Newsletter, No.15, December 2013

This is the final edition of Chainletter for 2013. It provides a progress report on our research, a call for new volunteers to work on the Convicts to Diggers project, a history of the Founders & Survivors Life Course Project, as well as an article by Garry McLouglin on the Keoghs of Wexford and one by Colette McAlpine about the last convict standing—was it Selina Langley?

Merry Christmas to all of our supporters and volunteers and you'll hear from us again in 2015.