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This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find death information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the death section of the Victoria, Australia Guided Research page.

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Death registration lists the deceased's death date and place, gender, age, and their occupation (or parent's name if a child).
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May contain death notices and obituaries.
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Wills and probate list death date and place.

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  • Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
  • Search given name. Search by given name (leave out the last name) with the approximate date of birth or death.
  • Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
  • Date range. Expand the date range of the search a few years.
  • Search state/territory. Search using the state/territory name only instead of by town/city.

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Records Start
The dates of commencement of civil registration in each colony/state and territory are:

State Start Date Notes
Tasmania 1838 1-Dec
South Australia 1842 1-Jul
Western Australia 1841 9-Sep
Victoria 1853 1-Jul
Queensland 1856 1-Mar ¶ Note 1
New South Wales 1856 1-Mar
Northern Territory 1870 24-Aug ¶ Note 2
Australian Capital Territory 1930 1-Jan ¶ Note 3

Note 1. Civil registration commenced in Queensland when it was still part of the Colony of New South Wales. The relevant records were transferred to the control of the new Colony of Queensland at its formation in 1859.
Note 2. Civil registration began in the Northern Territory when it was administered from Adelaide. Responsibility was taken over by the Commonwealth from South Australia in 1911. The function was transferred to the Northern Territory Government in 1978 when internal self-government was granted.
Note 3. Civil registration began in the Australian Capital Territory from the creation of the Territory. At first, the function was carried out by New South Wales until 1930 when the Commonwealth took over. In 1988, the function was transferred to the Government of the Australian Capital Territory when internal self-government was granted.

Records Destroyed
Some records may have been lost, destroyed, or damaged. More specific information is not known. Civil registration records are generally complete.

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