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Coroners' Inquests, 1796-1824

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Thank you Malcolm!Acknowledgement: The index to the Reports of Inquests, 1796-1824 was originally compiled by staff from the former Archives Office of NSW. This updated version of the index has been prepared with the assistance of Mr Malcolm Sainty (Biographical Database of Australia).

About the Index

The index records:
Inquest number, name, date, location, item number e.g. [2/8288], page and Reel number.
Note: the remarks column states whether the person identified in the index is the deceased or is appearing as a witness in the inquest. There are over 800 entries to search.

Records used to compile this index

This index was compiled from:

NRS 5607 Judge Advocate's Office; Reports of coroners' inquests 1796-Apr 1824 [2/8286-89] Reels 2232-2233]
Reports from coroners on inquests held throughout the colony, including a few held in Van Diemen's Land. The deaths were mostly caused by drowning, apoplexy or a "Visitation of God". There are also occasional murders, thieves killed in the course of a robbery and spearings by Aboriginal people (mostly in the Bathurst district).

For other records concerning inquests during this time period see the Index to the Colonial Secretary Papers 1788-1825

Accessing the records

Currently there is no copy service for this index. The microfilm Reels 2232-2233 are available to view in the reading room. The Reels are also included in the Archives Resources Kit (ARK) which is located at various sites around the State. For further information see Archives in Brief 39 and for information on the Community Access Points see Archives in Brief 40.


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