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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.14, September 2013

This is the second edition of Chainletter for 2013. It provides a progress report on the Ships Project and the future of Founders & Survivors. Also, volunteer Colin Tuckerman writes about the Earl St Vincent; a new book, Patchwork Prisoners is reviewed; Rebecca Kippen gives a history of birth, death and marriage registrations in Tasmania; Garry McLoughlin tells the remarkable story of Irish convict Philip O'Reilly; and Jenny Wells details an example of chain migration to Tasmania.

Founders and Survivors Newsletter, No.13, May 2013

This is the first edition of Chainletter for 2013. It's theme is 'imposture and the fantasists who committed it'. Read fascinating stories of rogues, murderers and swindlers. Also find out what the volunteers have been doing this year, and the future of the Founders and Survivors project.

A small (1.3 MB) and large (3.1 MB) version of the newsletter is available for download. Enjoy!

Pub Search

The Search Convicts (Pub Search) facility on the FAS website is not working properly. It is only working intermittently. As an alternative, volunteers can use the DEV Convict Search in the Staff links menu. Please note, this option is not available to ordinary members.

Our apologies for the inconvenience. We are working on the problem. Please keep trying at different times.

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Founders and Survivors Newsletter No.12, December 2012

This third edition of Chainletter for 2012 features articles about Founders & Survivors Storylines; the common hangman, William Bamford; chain migration; the men of the Indefatigable; and a convict tour of Ireland in photos. There are also updates on Founders and Survivors projects, book reviews and volunteer news.

Enjoy reading this over the Christmas holidays. We wish you a Happy New Year!

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