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Deed polls (change of name record)

Prior to February 2004, people commonly changed their name through a deed poll, lodged in Court. Refer to the tables below to identify who to contact to obtain:

You will need to know where the deed poll was lodged and the approximate time period of lodgement.

To obtain copies of change of name records from 1 February 2004 onwards, please contact the:

Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages
Post: PO Box 15188, City East QLD 4002
Telephone: 13 74 68
                +61 7 3405 0985 (International callers)
Email: bdm-mail@justice.qld.gov.au

Locating deed polls

To obtain a copy of your own deed poll

 

Where lodged​ When lodged​ Contact​
 Southern Queensland 1857 to Jan 2004 Queensland State Archives
Post: PO Box 1397, Sunnybank Hills QLD 4109
Telephone: 07 3131 7777
Email: Online enquiries form
 Central Queensland​ 1896 to Jan 2004​ Registrar, Supreme Court, Rockhampton
Post: PO Box 300, Rockhampton QLD 4700
Telephone: 07 4938 4568
Email: Rockhampton.HCRegistry@justice.qld.gov.au
​Northern Queensland ​1874 to 1950 Queensland State Archives
Post: PO Box 1397, Sunnybank Hills QLD 4109
Telephone: 07 3131 7777
Email: Online enquiries form
 Northern Queensland​ 1951 to Jan 2004​ Registrar, Supreme Court, Townsville
Post: PO Box 1032, Townsville QLD 4810
Telephone: 07 4799 7261 or 07 4799 7498
Email: Townsville.HCRegistry@justice.qld.gov.au

To obtain another person's deed poll or a deed poll not in your current name

 

Where lodged​ When lodged​ Contact​
 Southern Queensland 1857 to Jan 2004 Queensland State Archives
Post: PO Box 1397, Sunnybank Hills QLD 4109
Telephone: 07 3131 7777
Email: Online enquiries form
 Central Queensland​ 1896 to Jan 2004​ Registrar, Supreme Court, Rockhampton
Post: PO Box 300, Rockhampton QLD 4700
Telephone: 07 4938 4568
Email: Rockhampton.HCRegistry@justice.qld.gov.au
​Northern Queensland ​1874 to 1915 Queensland State Archives
Post: PO Box 1397, Sunnybank Hills QLD 4109
Telephone: 07 3131 7777
Email: Online enquiries form
 Northern Queensland​ 1916 to Jan 2004​ Registrar, Supreme Court, Townsville
Post: PO Box 1032, Townsville QLD 4810
Telephone: 07 4799 7261 or 07 4799 7498
Email: Townsville.HCRegistry@justice.qld.gov.au

Background information

A deed poll is a document commonly used when a person changes their name. Deed poll files may include the original name, the adopted name, the person's place and date of birth, the person's address and occupation, date of the deed poll, the person's signature and the names and signatures of the witnesses.

As a general rule, a person was allowed to change both their given name and surname without taking any formal legal steps. A valid change was effected by the consistent use of an alternative name. That is, it was not compulsory to register deed poll documents with the Supreme Court and, in the nineteenth century, very few people did. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, increasing numbers of deed poll documents were registered. However, it is important to remember that not everyone who changed their name lodged a deed poll document.  



Last updated 24 May 2016
 

 To request a deed poll from QSA

 

Using the tables under Locating deed polls identify who to contact to obtain your own or another person's deed poll.

When sending a deed poll enquiry to Queensland State Archives please include the following information:

  • your contact details, including a telephone number 
  • the full name you changed from 
  • the full name you changed to 
  • an approximate date of lodgement  
  • the location in Queensland where you were residing at the time of the deed poll e.g. Roma, Townsville, Warwick, Brisbane.
Note, to receive a copy of your deed poll from Queensland State Archives you will need to supply a Justice of the Peace certified colour copy of your current drivers licence or other photographic identification.