We are thrilled to announce the completion of our listing of NSW Probate Packets. We have been busy filling the gaps of Probate Packets for the period 1890-1913, and 1919-1928, in our online catalogue, Collection Search. And now that work is complete, all 872,000 packets we hold for the period 1817-1976 are searchable online - no gaps.
A grant of probate is the authority given by the Supreme Court of NSW to the executor(s) to deal with a deceased person's estate. Records in a Probate Packet include the last will and testament, codicils (additions or revocations to the will), and letters of administration. You can search for Probate Packets in Collection Search, by entering a person’s name and the word “death” (e.g. Dame Nellie Melba death).
Thanks are due to a number of parties and people including the Supreme Court of NSW, our commercial partner FindMyPast and our awesome volunteers.
Examples of Probate Packets
Cecil Winch* killed in action at Gallipoli, 1915
Helen Porter Armstrong - Dame Nellie Melba
*Cecil Winch wrote his will on the back of a family photograph and sent it home from Egypt. The will states "In the event of anything happening to me while away at war in Europe I Cecil Winch leave everything that belongs to me to my brother Arthur to do as he pleases with them." He was killed in action at Gallipoli in 1915.