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Inquests 1859-1902

These indexes have been compiled from Series ID 36, Inquest files, as created by the Justice Department. The series includes inquests from all over the state.

Background

Inquests are magisterial enquiries held before a coroner to establish the fact of death, the identity of the deceased, the circumstances surrounding the death and whether any charges should be laid relating to the death. In certain circumstances, inquests into fires have been held, as have enquiries into missing persons. Inquest files allow researchers to fill out the details of their ancestor's life through the statements made by witnesses.

Please note that not all accidental deaths result in a magisterial enquiry.

The images below (click for larger image) are of the Certificate of Particulars in the inquest of Eugene Emanue.

Certificate of Particulars in the inquest of Eugene Emanue

Certificate of Particulars in the inquest of Eugene Emanue

Witness statement made by Donald Ross to the coroner Witness statement made by Donald Ross to the coroner

The images above (click for larger image) are of the witness statement made by Donald Ross to the coroner in the case. 

For further information on inquests at Queensland State Archives please read Brief guide 12: Inquest records (PDF, 68KB).

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1859-1880

1881-1902

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Costs and ordering

The cost for each reference requested is A$17.65. For this fee you will receive up to eight (8) pages, including the Certificate of Particulars. If the file is larger than eight (8) pages you will receive a quote for those pages not copied.

To order copies of an item, please complete an index order form (PDF, 36KB). When completing the form, quote the name of the person, file number, year and location.



Last updated 03 December 2014
 

 Indexes available under Open Data initiative

 

​The indexes to Inquests 1859-1897 are now available through the Queensland Government’s Open Data initiative. The Open Data index is available in .csv format.

The content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence.



"Certificate of Particulars" form of the inquest held into the death of Samuel Hoffmeister on 2 September 1894, dated 5 September 1894
Queensland State Archives Digital Image ID 2812, "Certificate of Particulars" form of the inquest held into the death of Samuel Hoffmeister on 2 September 1894, dated 5 September 1894