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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.

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Videos about the Founders and Survivors project

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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Bendigo Benevolent Asylum

Dear Bendigo Supporters,

Event date: 
17 February, 2012 - 19:47 - 1 May, 2012 - 19:47
Event venue: 
To be determined.

Bendigo Benevolent Asylum

Dear Bendigo Supporters,

Event date: 
17 February, 2012 - 19:47 - 1 May, 2012 - 19:47
Event venue: 
To be determined.

Podcasts from the UK National Archives

One of our volunteers has drawn our attention to the UK National Archives podcast series at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/podcasts/, and in particular to the episode by Jeff James entitled "From crime to punishment: criminal records of our ancestors from the 18th and 19th centuries" at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/podcasts/criminal-records.htm

Episodes can be played directly from the National Archives website or downloaded for later.