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.
This index was compiled and checked from the original Justice Department files held at Queensland State Archives. It includes inquests from all over the state.
The images below (click for larger image) are of the Certificate of Particulars in the inquest of Eugene Emanue.
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, 35KB).
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1881 - 1886
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