What do I need to know?
You need to know the approximate year of death, and the person's name.
How do I search?
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About these records
These records, called "body cards" by the Coroner’s Office, are coronial investigations conducted by the Melbourne Coroner, including investigations that did not require a further inquest close inquest Definition A court hearing conducted by the Coroner, in which the circumstances surrounding a death are examined; usually open to the public. inquiry to be undertaken. These records were created from 1959 to 1985.
If the investigation found a death was from natural causes, the records were not kept. Records were also not kept if the case proceeded to an inquest, but you can see how to find inquest records by clicking here.
What are in these records?
The content close content Definition The actual information in a record (as distinct from its context). of the records varies over time. Each file close file Definition An accumulation of documents relating to the same subject, person, activity or transaction that are kept together. Documents in a file are usually, but not always, fastened together. Files are usually arranged in an identifiable sequence (e.g. numerical or alphabetical). may contain:
- the Victoria Police report of the death
- an autopsy report
- an affidavit and/or other statements of identification
- copy of the body admission sheet
- correspondence from next of kin, solicitors and others
- copies of drug analysis, carbon monoxide or blood alcohol reports
- medical deposition from a treating doctor in a hospital
- ambulance admission sheet
- photographs of the deceased and/or accident scenes.
WARNING: The photographs in these records can be upsetting for some researchers. Private spaces are available in our reading room for people who wish to view coronial records in private.