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Series ID36
Previous System LocationJUS/N1 - 1712; SRS36; 13438
TitleCoronial Files (Inquests and No Inquests)
Parent Series
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Start Date Circa 1/1/1859
End Date 4/11/2003
Date Statement N/A
Date Notes N/A

Coroner’s investigation files of deaths, including by inquest. Also includes investigations where no inquest is held.

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Items Total Items: 23842
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Departmental Numbers1/1859 - 2837/1981
System of Arrangement Annual single number; however, in many instances where inquest proceedings were held, file date ranges may extend well beyond the date of the inquest.
How To Use Series To begin a search, researchers should know the name and approximate year of death of the deceased. To locate an inquest, follow the instructions in the Search Procedure for Inquests (SP5).

For more information also consult the Brief Guide to the Use of Inquest Records (BG12).

Creating Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
19Department of Justice (I) 23/12/1859 7/12/1989
33Department of Justice and Corrective Services 7/12/1989 11/4/1991
100Department of Justice (II) 11/4/1991 24/9/1992
34Department of Justice and Attorney-General 24/9/1992 26/2/1996
120Department of Justice (III) 26/2/1996 29/6/1998
8620Department of Justice and Attorney-General (II) 29/6/1998 4/11/2003
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Access and Restrictions

Access Category75 Years
Access ProcedurePermission to access restricted material by RTI
Agency Now Responsible
Agency ID: 8620
Department of Justice and Attorney-General (II)
Restriction DetailsDifferent Restricted Access Periods (RAPs) apply (30 years pre-1979; 75 years for records dated after 31/12/1978. Some items in this series are refused under s.18(3)(a) of the Public Records Act 2002 - Access to original is detrimental to its preservation
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Subordinate Series

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Controlling Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
236Registers of Coroners' Inquests [Justice Department] 9/5/1876 31/12/1979
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Related Series

Finding Aids

  • QSA Search Procedure 5: Inquests - Available in the Public Search Room
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Copyright Status

Copyright State of Queensland
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Information Sources

Coroner's Act 1958
Coroners Act 2003
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This series contains records relating to inquests held by the Coroners Court. The function of the Coroner is to investigate certain categories of death with a view to making findings about the identity of the deceased, when and where they died, how they died and the medical cause of death including in some cases the holding of an inquest. Also included are records relating to investigations into deaths where no inquest is held.

The Coroner also exercises inquisitorial jurisdiction with respect to missing persons and fires. In the latter case, inquests are held to determine the origin of the fire whereby any property of any kind has been lost, destroyed or endangered, or whereby any life has been lost or endangered.

Included in these files are: post mortem examination reports, which provide the name of the deceased, date of death, place of death, cause/s of death, date of post mortem and name of the doctor who conducted the post mortem, Coroners' decisions on whether an inquest should be held, Coroners' Inquisitions (Death Inquests), which provide the name and personal details of the deceased, names of witnesses examined, when, where and how the deceased came by their death, any committals, date and place of inquest and the name of the Coroner, inquest exhibits (eg. photographs and maps), inquest witness statements and related correspondence (eg. administrative, workers' compensation, insurance, criminal proceedings).

In cases where, following a preliminary hearing, the court is satisfied that no suspicious or punishable circumstances surround the case, a decision is made that an inquest is unnecessary (No Inquests). Although prior to 1980, 'No Inquests' were filed separately from the inquest files, a number of these files may appear throughout this series. The controlling indexes to this series indicate whether there was an Inquest or a No Inquest.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Series ID 36, Coronial Files (Inquests and No Inquests)
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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