Source Information Victoria, Australia, Death Index, 1840-1991 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2018.
Original data: Victoria, Australia, Death Index, 1840-1991. The Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

About Victoria, Australia, Death Index, 1840-1991

About the Victoria, Australia, Death Index, 1840-1991

General collection information

This collection contains an index of death records from the state of Victoria, Australia between 1840 and 1991. Primary source records originally came from both church and civil services. Per Australian law, death records are available to the public after 30 years.

Using this collection

Records in this collection may include the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Names of parents
  • Name of spouse
  • Registration year
  • Registration number
  • Registration place
  • Each record contains a link to the original document which may contain more information.

    If you can't find a record and your ancestors were recent immigrants to Australia, you may also wish to check newspapers from your ancestors' homelands for clues. Obituaries would often be published both by Australian newspapers and local newspapers in the subject's original hometown to help keep separated families connected. You may also try searching the registries of ships inbound to Victoria. The records of those who died at sea won't appear in this collection.

    If you need to order an official death record, you may purchase one from the Victoria Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.

    Collection in context

    Victoria, Australia was originally part of the colony of New South Wales. In 1850, the Australian Colonies Government Act allowed for the Port Phillip District to separate and form its own state, to be named for the reigning British queen. Civil registration began in Victoria, Australia in July 1853. Prior to civil registration, most vital records were kept by churches.


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