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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.

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Want to volunteer for a ship project?

Anyone interested in signing up for a ship project should email Janet McCalman on janetsm@unimelb.edu.au.

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Melbourne volunteers' workshop, 23 June 2012

23 June 2012. 11.00 am to 3.30 pm.

Venue: Centre for Health & Society, 4th floor, 207 Bouverie St, Carlton. (map)

Lunch will be provided and we will be working in small groups.

Please RSVP for this workshop to Claudine Chionh on support@foundersandsurvivors.org by 15 June 2012.

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CORRECTION to Newsletter No. 10, April 2012

CORRECTION: the date for finishing the ships projects is July 2013, NOT 2012.

Janet sends her apologies for missing this typo.

Revised copies of Chainletter can be downloaded below.

In this issue, we report on the progress of the Ships Project, deadlines for the Founders and Survivors project, recent research, and workshops to be held in Tasmania and Victoria in June.

Founders and Survivors at the European Social Science History Conference

The Founders and Survivors research team presented four papers at the European Social Science History conference, Glasgow, 11-14 April 2012.

Work, Punishment and Death in Convict Australia

Hamish Maxwell-Stewart

Convict transportation to Australia is often thought of as particularly harsh form of punishment. Contrary to its representation in the popular literature, however, death rates for male convicts under sentence in Australia were comparable to those for the equivalent age cohorts in the British Isles.