Inquests 1942–1963

We hold a fairly complete set of Coroners Inquest Papers for the years 1940–1963.

The papers can include particulars of the deceased and the circumstances of death; copies of testimonies and of statements by the police, medical officers or others concerned with the reporting of the death; a list of witnesses; and a copy of the coroner's finding as to the cause of death. This webinar shows you how to find these papers.

Top half of a page from an inquest file titled 'Inquisition before Coroner sitting alone'

Using the inquest index

Now with surviving inquest papers from 1916-1939 and April–December 1963 (Glebe Coroners Court), this webinar shows you how to use the inquest index and explore the new additions

Page from the inquest file Douglas Perryman

Inquests & coronial records guide

Inquests are conducted by coroners and are held to investigate the manner and cause of a death or a fire. Not all deaths resulted in an inquest

Fires & fire brigades guide

A brief overview of the major sources in our collection that relate to fires

Portrait of an unidentified family

Family history guide

Tracing your family history is always easier working from the present to the past