Hello and welcome to Queensland State Archives.
Our indexes contain information gathered from original records. They’ve been created so people can search for names in some of our most popular records.
Inquests are magisterial inquiries held before a Coroner to establish the cause of death, the identity of the deceased, when, where and how death occurred and whether any person is to be charged with a criminal offence. To search the index follow these 4 steps
Gather as much information as you can about names, dates and places before you try to search our indexes. It is often a good idea to check the death certificate as recent death certificates state details of inquests. Occasionally the time between the death and the inquest is considerable so a death certificate can help researchers pinpoint if an inquest occurred and the date.
Go to our Search the Records page
Click on Courts
Click Inquests 1859 - 1902
Enter the name of the person you’re searching for in the search boxes. If you don’t get a result when you enter both names, try taking the given name/s out.
Have a look at the displayed results to see if you have a match. Clicking on the green plus sign will give you more information about you’re results. The information listed will be different for different indexes but will hopefully help you narrow things down.
If you think you have found the person you’re looking for, you can order a copy of the item by clicking on the ‘Add to cart’ link. This will add the item you are looking at to the shopping cart. You can now continue searching for more items or proceed to checkout.
After paying for your items, a scanned copy of the record will be emailed to you within 20 working days.
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