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Inquests

Prior to 1976 Coroners inquests in Western Australia were destroyed after 10 years. However, there are sources where one can find some details of coroner's inquests. Details of inquests from the late 1800s and early 1900s can often be located in Colonial Secretary’s Office records and newspapers. Results of inquests were sometimes published in the Police Gazette of Western Australia, and an index to inquests, reported between 1876 and 1903 is available. For the 20th century reports of inquests can be located in newspapers (especially country newspapers) and local court records (see AN 17, Series Registration System and The Catalogue to locate local court records). Coroner's reports in court records may give a full report including evidence by various witnesses and verdict. Some coroner's records of interest are:

Albany

Boulder

Broome

Carnarvon

  • ACC 544: Post Mortem Book 1904-1933. Kept by Resident Medical Officer, Carnarvon

Cue

Dongara

Leonora

  • ACC 2689: Leonora Courthouse. Inquest Minute Book 1904-1909

Onslow

  • ACC 1256/5: Onslow Police Station. Coroner's Inquests 1913-1927

Pingelly

  • ACC 1482/2: Pingelly Police Station. Inquests Book 1921-1930

Wiluna

Yalgoo

  • ACC 1329: Yalgoo Coroner's Court. Coroner's Inquiry Book 1897-1948

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