SA CemeteriesUndertakers & Funeral DirectorsInquests and Coroners Reports
Indexes to overseas wills
Australian Capital TerritoryNew South WalesNorthern TerritoryQueenslandTasmaniaVictoriaWestern Australia
This is the "Victoria" page of the "Births, deaths and marriages" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content
State Library of South Australia Government Ministers State Library of South Australia
This State Library of South Australia guide includes information on cemeteries, church records, burials and probate (wills). Information for other states is also included.
Last Updated: Dec 1, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Victoria Print Page

Children at a birthday party

B 57371/38

View more information about this image here.
You may order a high quality photographic copy.
No known copyright restrictions - Conditions of use.

Available onsite- books

Victorian Cemetery records

  • Cemeteries : our heritage
  • Cemetery transcriptions index
    Contains monumental inscriptions from over 240 Victorian cemeteries and approximately 15 cemeteries from New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania.

    Details included where available: number (on the database), surname, given name/s, age, cemetery, burial date, death date, the availability of more details, a source reference. You can access information in various ways: alphabetically by surname, cemetery and surname, cemetery and date, death/burial date.
  • The Old Melbourne Cemetery
    Includes Burials, 1837-1922


For the period 1836 to 1853, church registers detail baptisms, burials and marriages.

From 1 July 1853, all Victorian births, deaths and marriages required registration. Official records are held at the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

VicHeritage Family History allows searching of family history records on the Internet for a fee. The Historical Index database indexes records births from 1836 to 1924, marriages from 1836 to 1939 and deaths from 1836 to 1985. The Family Group database provides information about couples who married or began having children in Victoria between 1853 and 1860.

Available online

  • Public Record Office Victoria
    Public Record Office Victoria is the archives of the State Government of Victoria, holding records from the European settlement of Port Phillip district in the mid-1830s to today.
  • Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
    This is the official site for births, deaths and marriages in Victoria. It includes an index for historical certificates but there is a charge for using it.
  • State Library of Victoria
    This site provides practical information and lists of resources for anyone interested in finding out more about their Victorian family history.
  • Wills and probate
    The Public Record Office of Victoria holds will and probate records from 1841. Up to 1925 they can viewed online.
    This site allows you to search various Australian cemeteries.
  • Monash Public Library Service Local History Portal
    This site allows you to search or browse the local history databases
  • Historical Victorian BDM Indexes
    Births from 1853 - 1912
    Marriages 1853 - 1942
    Deaths 1853 - 1988
    Church baptisms, marriages & burials 1936 - 1953
    NOTE: you are required to pay for all searches

Available onsite- microfiche

Available onsite

These resources are available for use onsite at the State Library. You will need to book a computer to access them.

  • Pioneer index
    This is an index to 1,700,000 birth, death and marriage records for Victoria between 1837 and 1888. It covers parish records for 1837-1853 until civil registration was established, and civil records for 1853 to 1888.
  • Federation index
    An index to 556,000 records of births, deaths and marriages registered in Victoria between 1889 and 1901.
  • Edwardian index
    An index to almost 800,000 records of births, deaths and marriages registered in Victoria between 1902 and 1913.
  • Great War index
    An index to over 517,000 records of births, deaths and marriages registered in Victoria between 1914 and 1920.
  • Death index
    Contains over a million records of deaths registered in Victoria under a compulsory registration system between 1921-1985.
  • Marriage index
    Contains nearly 800,000 index entries representing over 300,000 marriages registered in Victoria from 1921 to 1942. This index also contains records from between 1921 and 1938 held in the Marriage Registers of the Victorian Registry of Births, Death and Marriages that were cancelled for various reasons, re-registered years after the marriage or registered some years after the event.
  • Marine births, deaths & marriages
    Contains records of births, deaths and marriages on board international and coastal ships bound for Victoria between 1853 and 1920. The index contains over 6200 entries. Over 1350 ships can be searched using the ship's name. Some of the records have more than one image of previously unreleased information, such as an inventory of the deceased's belongings or personal papers.
  • Argus newspaper index
    Index to birth and marriage notices from the Argus newspaper, covering births 1914-1931 and marriages 1931-1941.

Suggest a resource

Do you know of a useful website we should be including or a book you think we should buy?

Email us to let us know.


Loading  Loading...