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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

Founders and Survivors Newsletter No. 9, December 2011, and Ships Projects workshop, 18 February 2012

This final issue of Chainletter for 2011 reports on our Ships Projects and our next Workshop.

David Noakes has uncovered gold, fire and bigamy aboard the ‘Palmyra’ and Jenny Wells travelling with Glad Wishart on the ‘Governor Ready’ has met up with smugglers.

Two books on Welsh convicts

Sentenced to Hell: The Story of Men and Women Transported from North Wales, 1730-1878
J. Richard Williams
Published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch (2011)
ISBN: 9781845241759
Between 1730 and 1878 men and women from Anglesey, Caernarfon, Merioneth, Denbigh and Flint were sentenced to be transported from their native land to Australia or America. How did they get there? How old were they? What had they done to deserve their fate?

O Fôn i Van Diemen's Land [From Anglesey to Van Diemen's Land]
J. Richard Williams
Published in Welsh by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch (2007)
ISBN: 1845271289, 9781845271282
This book tells the story of Anne Williams of Anglesey, who was transported to Van Diemen's Land in 1842 for ten years and who spent the rest of her life in Tasmania bringing up her family--who still live in the same area today.

Transcription Workshop, 15 October 2011

Registrations for this workshop are now closed.

Our second transcription workshop will be held at Melbourne University on Saturday, 15 October 2011 at the Centre for Health & Society, 4th Floor, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton, commencing at 2 pm, with afternoon tea provided.

Colette McAlpine of the Female Convicts Research Group in Tasmania, will again conduct the class. This workshop will concentrate on transcribing and interpreting conduct records and indents.


Founders and Survivors Newsletter No. 8, August 2011

This second issue of Chainletter for 2011 announces the beginning of our ships projects and our next Transcribers’ Workshop. In this issue of Chainletter we introduce the ships projects and provide a preview of the research guide.

This issue also includes contributions from two of our volunteers, Steve Rhodes and Judy Price, who have been uncovering wonderful stories while searching for new convicts and their descendants, or while checking and authenticating contributions.