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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.
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.
“The mad, the bad and the sad”: Life courses of convict women transported to Tasmania Rebecca Kippen Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, and visiting academic, Monash University
School of Rural Health, Public Research Seminar Tuesday 1 October, 5-6pm Auditorium, School of Rural Health, Monash University,
26 Mercy St Bendigo
RSVP by Monday 30 September to Cathy Ward
(email@example.com) or 03 5440 9082
Please note seating is limited.
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.
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!