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We have various records of coronial investigations, available for the period 1840–1985. The most frequently used are:

  • statements and other evidence provided at inquests (hearings held to find the cause of a person’s death)
  • records of post mortems and investigations into deaths which may not have eventually required an inquest. 


What do I need to know before I start?

The key pieces of information are the name of the deceased, and an approximate year of death.

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Record Series Number (VPRS): 407
Record Series Number (VPRS): 24
Record Series Number (VPRS): 7662