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Deaths - Outside Tasmania

Civil registration became compulsory at different times in each state. Prior to civil registration the only records available for births, deaths or marriages will be early church records.

State Early Church Records Civil Registration
New South Wales 1788-1856 1 March 1856
Tasmania 1803-1838 1 December 1838
Western Australia 1829-1841 9 September 1841
Queensland 1829-1856 1 March 1856
South Australia 1836-1842 1 July 1842
Victoria 1837-1853 1 July 1853
Northern Territory   24 August 1870
Australian Capital Territory   1 January 1930

Indexes to birth, death and marriage records are available for all of the other states and territories. The State Library has comprehensive holdings of these indexes on CD-ROM and many of the indexes are now available online.

Related links: Cemetery records | Deaths - Tasmania | Recommended websites | Undertaker records | Wills

Listed here is a selection of further resources.

New South Wales
Date range Title Resource type
1788-1918 The New South Wales pioneers index 1788-1918: Pioneers series 1788-1918; an index to birth, death and marriage records on CD-ROM
CD-ROM
1788-1977 NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
View Online
1830-1840 Index of births, deaths and marriages in Sydney newspapers / compiled by Nola M. Mackay
Print
1831-1853 Index to birth, marriage, death and funeral notices in the Sydney Morning Herald: [from 1831-1853] / compiled by Malcolm R. Sainty and Keith A. Johnson
Print
1889-1918 The New South Wales pioneers index 1788-1918: Federation series 1889-1918; an index to birth, death and marriage records on CD-ROM
CD-ROM
1919-1945 New South Wales between the wars index 1919-1945
CD-ROM
Northern Territory
Date range Title Resource type
1824-2004 Northern Territory Australia deaths 1824 to 2004: pt. 1: a BTM index
CD-ROM
1870-1902 Northern Territory of Aust.: births, deaths and marriages indexes, 1870-1902
Microfiche
1870-1918 Births, deaths & marriages, historical index, 1870 - 1913 - (B1918) / Department of Justice, Northern Territory of Australia, Office of the Registrar General
CD-ROM
Queensland
Date range Title Resource type
1829-1889 Queensland pioneers index 1829-1889
CD-ROM
1829-1929 Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
View Online
1846-1870 Births, marriages & deaths, etc. in Brisbane newspapers, 1846-1870 / compiled by Lynn E. Aberdeen
paper
1857-1915 Indexes - Wills 1857- 1915 (Queensland State Archives)
View Online
1890-1914 Queensland federation index, 1890-1914: index to births, deaths and marriages in Queensland, 1890-1914 / Registrar-General, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Department of Justice and Attorney General, Queensland Government
CD-ROM
South Australia
Date range Title Resource type
1836-1842 South Australia pre-civil registration deaths / compiled by Graham Jaunay
CD-ROM
1842-1972 South Australian deaths: registrations 1842 to 1915 / South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society, and Macbeth Genealogical Services
CD-ROM
1848- Unregistered deaths in South Australia from July 1842 / compiled by Graham Jaunay
CD-ROM
1916-1972 South Australian deaths registrations 1916 to 1972 / [editor and BDM project manager: Tony Cobiac]
CD-ROM
Victoria
Date range Title Resource type
1837-1888 The Victorian pioneers index 1837-1888: an index to birth, death and marriage records held by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria
CD-ROM
1853-1907 Marine births, deaths and marriages [Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages]
View Online
1853-1920 Marine births, deaths and marriages, Victoria 1853-1920
CD-ROM
1853-1985 Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages [Births]
View Online
1889-1901 Federation index. Victoria 1889-1901: Index to births, deaths and marriages in Victoria
CD-ROM
1902-1913 Edwardian index. Victoria 1902-1913: Index to births, deaths and marriages in Victoria
CD-ROM
1914-1920 Great War index. Victoria 1914-1920: Index to births, deaths and marriages in Victoria
CD-ROM
1921-1985 Death index, Victoria 1921-1985: index to deaths in Victoria
CD-ROM
Western Australia
Date range Title Resource type
1841-1905 The Western Australian pioneers index 1841-1905: an index to birth, death and marriage records on CD-ROM
CD-ROM
1841-1953 Western Australia Registry of births, deaths & marriages
View Online
England and Wales
Date range Title Resource type
1837-1900 General index: deaths registered in England and Wales
Microfiche
Worldwide
Date range Title Resource type
Early 16th C - late 19th C FamilySearch (Jesus Christ Church of Latterday Saints)
View Online
- Ancestry Library Edition
View Online