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Births, deaths and marriages: Inquests and Coroners Reports

This State Library of South Australia guide includes information on cemeteries, church records, burials and probate (wills). Information for other states is also included.

Inquests and burial orders

Coroner's reports were often necessary for sudden or suspicious deaths, accidents and fires. 

Deaths occurring in public institutions were also investigated by the Coroner.  In these cases a body could not be released for burial until the Coroner's certificate was issued.  (A 'burial order'.)

These original records are held in the government archives, State Records of South Australia who have digitised a number of their indexes, as listed below.

The State Library holds printed indexes and guides to many of these records.


William Harcus, Congregational minister, newspaper editor, J.P. and coroner. (B 6350)