A guide to family history research using the major Victorian resources
An inquest is an inquiry into the circumstances of sudden, unexplained and suspicious deaths, accidents and suicides.
Up until mid 1986, Victorian inquests were held before a Coroner in a Coroners Court. From July 1, 1986 the State Coroners Office took on this function.
Be aware that the content in inquests can contain a lot of medical detail and can be confronting.
Inquests into deaths (deposition files 1840-1985)
Online through the
Inquest index, Victoria on CD-ROM (incomplete)
Inquest index, Victoria on microfiche
Online in the library
GMF 105 box 3
Inquests held for Geelong & District.
Bendigo Advertiser - Index of funerals, inquests, obituaries, accidents and more
|G 994.54 B 433H
GMF 101 box 3
The following collections are held at the Public Record Office Victoria -
Before you can view records at PROV you need to order them through their website. Go to their Ordering Records page for further details.
Although PROV hold inquest records up until 2003, records from 1986 onward the records are closed to public access. To access these records you will need to make a request to the Coroners Court.
Generally, you need to be an 'interested party' in an investigation to gain access to documents. To become an interested party, you must write to the court and explain your interest in the case, and list the documents you want.
If you are not the senior next of kin or an interested party recognised by the court, you can apply using the following online form - ‘Form 45 - Application for access to Coronial documents’.
Or contact the Coroners Court of Victoria Information and Records Manager on 1300 309 519 or visit the Court’s website.
Coroners Court of Victoria
Level 11, 222 Exhibition Street
Fax: 1300 546 989
The Coroners Act 2008 requires that all inquest findings with recommendations be published on the internet, unless otherwise ordered by a coroner.
On the Coroners' Court of Victoria website is a list of inquest finding and coroners recommendations from 1 Novermber 2009. Please be aware that some information may be graphic or distressing.