About the Project

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.

Ands funded AP20 software development blog

  • 23 Jul 2012 - 12:28

    Welcome to the AP20 project's software development blog.

Research News

  • “The mad, the bad and the sad”: Life courses of convict women transported to Tasmania Rebecca Kippen Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, and visiting academic, Monash University

    School of Rural Health, Public Research Seminar Tuesday 1 October, 5-6pm Auditorium, School of Rural Health, Monash University,
    26 Mercy St Bendigo

    RSVP by Monday 30 September to Cathy Ward
    ( or 03 5440 9082
    Please note seating is limited.

  • This third edition of Chainletter for 2012 features articles about Founders & Survivors Storylines; the common hangman, William Bamford; chain migration; the men of the Indefatigable; and a convict tour of Ireland in photos. There are also updates on Founders and Survivors projects, book reviews and volunteer news.

    Enjoy reading this over the Christmas holidays. We wish you a Happy New Year!

  • 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.

  • Thursday 20 September 2012 @ 5:30pm
    The Founders & Survivors Project: Australian life courses 1803-1920: Digital History Making

  • A new book on Irish women transported to Tasmania during the Great Famine has been published by Four Courts Press. Part of the acclaimed Maynooth Studies in Local History Series, The transportation of women from Kildare to Van Diemen's Land in 1849 by Catherine Fleming tells the story of many women from Kildare who made the arduous journey to Tasmania as the Great Famine raged in Ireland.

    Read the attached press release for further information about the book and how to order.

In the News

Title Publication Publication details Publication datesort icon
Convict kin find history ain't no ball and chain The Age 23 September, 2012
Centre for Health and Society - Video Podcasts CHS Video Podcasts 31 March, 2012
Digitisation secures research data University of Melbourne Voice 4 April, 2011
Convict life echoes through generations Australian Broadcasting Corporation 28 February, 2011
Talkback: a convict in the family Radio National Life Matters Broadcast 29 January 2010 29 January, 2010
Personal Details: the Founders & Survivors Project Ancestor: Quarterly Journal of the Genealogical Society of Victoria Inc Vol. 29, Issue 6, pp. 7—9 1 June, 2009
Chains of Evidence: the Founders & Survivors Project The Genealogist: the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Vol. XII, No. 10, pp. 16-17 1 June, 2009
Hidden histories University of Melbourne Voice 13 April, 2009
Is there a Tasmanian convict settler in your family tree? University of Melbourne Voice 9 February, 2009
Proud convict past an evolutionary lesson for snooty Darwin The Age 26 January, 2009

Research Links

Tasmania’s Memory at LINC Tasmania

You can now look at digital images of the volumes from the Archives Office of Tasmania and search for your convict.

Female Convicts Research Centre

National Archives of Australia War Service Records

Australian Anzacs in the Great War, 1914-1918

Project Partners and Supporters

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