Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) holds records of inquests and other kinds of coronial investigations held in Victoria from 1840 – 1985.
Body cards 1959-1985
These are records of deaths reported to the Melbourne Coroner’s Court between 1959 and 1985. Deaths reported to the Melbourne Coroner’s Court included unexpected, unnatural, or violent deaths, deaths in care or custody, and when the identity of the person was unknown.
Search the index for files by name for viewing at the Victorian Archives Centre.
Inquest records 1840-1985
Inquests are a formal investigation of a person’s death by a Coroner.
You can consult our online catalogue for Inquest Deposition Files which record the details of each investigation.
Read our PROVguide on Ordering Inquest Records before you start. This will provide you with everything you need to know to narrow your search.
The video below walks you through the ordering process:
Inquest records 1986 onwards – Held at Coroner’s Court of Victoria
PROV does not have custody of Coroner’s records created after 1985. For information about accessing Coroner’s records created after 1985, you will need to contact the Coroners Court of Victoria Information and Records Manager on 1300 309 519 or alternatively you can access the Court’s website at www.coronerscourt.vic.gov.au. Information regarding access to documents can be found under “Court Processes- Access to Documents”.
For your request to be considered, you must complete an application form (Form 45- Application for Access to Coronial Documents). This form can be found on the Court’s website. The completed form can either be posted to the Court or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.