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Janet McCalman on Vandemonians in Victoria

Professor McCalman reconstructs the fate of the men, women and children who emigrated to Victoria after serving time as convicts in Van Diemen's Land. How many were able to make a new start? How many founded families? How many became not just survivors, but founders?

Professor McCalman is Professor in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne and an award-winning author. She is also a member of the Founders and Survivors project team, which aims to record and study the founding population of 73,000 convicts transported to Tasmania.

This Don Grant Memorial Lecture was part of the 2012 Family History Feast.