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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.
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
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.
Researchers may be interested to explore this excellent website that indexes the paupers’ graves at Cornelian Bay Cemetery.
Two of our research staff, Janet McCalman and Rebecca Kippen, are featured in videos from the Centre for Health and Society at the University of Melbourne. The videos are an introduction to the Founders and Survivors project and an introduction to Histories and Demographies at the Centre. They can be viewed at http://www.chs.unimelb.edu.au/
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