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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.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!


Founders and Survivors Storylines

Founders and Survivors Storylines was launched in Hobart on 3 December 2012 by the Premier of Tasmania, Lara Giddings. It is an online resource designed for school students based on data collected by the Founders and Survivors project. The official website will be available from January 2013 (we will keep you posted). In the meantime you can keep track of what is happening with FAS Storylines on their Facebook page at

If you do not have a Facebook account, here are some links to the YouTube videos:


Ships Project News

FAS volunteers working on the Ships Project trace the lives of every convict on a ship, finding marriages, births and deaths of the convicts and their children. They also trace any AIF descendants - ie, those who fought in WWI. It is very interesting, but time-consuming research.

As this project needs to be completed by the end of July 2013, we can no longer accept new volunteers to this project.


Emigration Scheme VDL to Geelong & Portland Bay, VIC 1845-6

An index of migrants from Van Diemen's Land brought to Victoria by the Geelong, Portland Bay (& Port Fairy) Emigration Scheme between 1845 and 1846 is available at

The original records are held in the Geelong Heritage Centre on microfilm.