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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

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.

Convict kin find history ain't no ball and chain

Article in the Age newspaper on 23 September 2012 about the project.

The Age
Publication date: 
23 September, 2012

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.