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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

2012 Making Public Histories Seminar Series

Thursday 20 September 2012 @ 5:30pm
The Founders & Survivors Project: Australian life courses 1803-1920: Digital History Making

Victorian Workshop

We will hold another Melbourne University Workshop on Saturday 13 October, at the School of Population Health, 4th floor, 207 Bouverie St, Melbourne. This workshop will go all day from 11am until 4pm, and will involve researchers breaking into groups to help new volunteers and to get to know each other. Lunch will be provided.

This workshop will focus on quality control and advanced research skills, with personal tutorials for new volunteers and those still finding their sea legs.

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New book on convict women transported from Kildare to VDL

A new book on Irish women transported to Tasmania during the Great Famine has been published by Four Courts Press. Part of the acclaimed Maynooth Studies in Local History Series, The transportation of women from Kildare to Van Diemen's Land in 1849 by Catherine Fleming tells the story of many women from Kildare who made the arduous journey to Tasmania as the Great Famine raged in Ireland.

Read the attached press release for further information about the book and how to order.

Founders and Survivors Newsletter No.11, August 2012

This second issue of Chainletter for 2012 farewells Claudine Chionh and welcomes Trudy Cowley and Colette McAlpine. For ships project volunteers, the focus turns to quality control and the next Victorian workshop is announced.

The first featured article in this issue is an article by Megan Webber titled "Reformation and Recidivism: The London Refuge for the Destitute, c.1806–1849". This provides a wonderful insight into the operation of such refuges and discusses how to determine if your convict was in such a refuge.