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Probate records are court records that describe the distribution of an individual’s estate after he or she dies. Information in the records may include the death date, names of heirs and guardians, relationships, residences, an inventory of the estate, and names of witnesses.

An individual who left a will is said to have died "testate." Someone who did not leave a will (or a valid will) died "intestate." The probate process is essentially the same for both and may take many years to complete.

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Availability of Probate Records

Wills or probate records were kept by each state in Australia, beginning in the 1800s. If the deceased had property in another country, the will may have been probated in the other country.

The Family History Library has a solid collection of probate records from Australia; however, many of them cannot be circulated to Family History Centers. Probate records are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:

AUSTRALIA, [STATE]- PROBATE RECORDS

The address of the probate offices for the individual states are:

New South Wales

Records begin in 1800.

Supreme Court of New South Wales
Probate Division
G.P.O. Box 3
Sydney
New South Wales 2000
AUSTRALIA
Internet: http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/sc

The Archives Office of New South Wales (see the "Archives and Libraries" article for address) holds copies of some wills and some indexes.

Victoria

Records begin in 1841.

Registrar of Probates
Probate and Administration Office
471 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
AUSTRALIA
Web site: www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au
Directory Listing: http://www.archivists.org.au/directory/data/326.htm

The records prior to 2004 are also held by the Public Record Office of Victoria (see the "Archives and Libraries" article in this wiki for address). See the online guide to PROV probate records, or search the 1841-1925 index.

Queensland

Three district courts—records begin as early as 1857; prior to 1859, probate was under the jurisdiction of New South Wales

The Registrar
Southern District
Supreme Court of Queensland
George Street
Brisbane
Queensland 4000
AUSTRALIA
Internet: http://www.judywebster.gil.com.au/tips-qld.html
The Registrar
Northern District
Supreme Court of Queensland
Walker Street
Townsville
Queensland 4810
AUSTRALIA
Internet: http://www.judywebster.gil.com.au/tips-qld.html
The Registrar
Central District
Supreme Court of Queensland
East Street
Rockhampton
Queensland 4700
AUSTRALIA
Internet: http://www.judywebster.gil.com.au/tips-qld.html

The Queensland State Archives (see the "Archives and Libraries" article in this wiki for address) holds early records as well as some indexes.

South Australia

Records begin in 1832.

Probate Office
Stirling Gardens
Barrack Street
Perth
Western Australia 6000
AUSTRALIA
Internet: http://www.courts.sa.gov.au/courts/supreme/content.html

Tasmania

Records begin in 1824.

Probate Registry
Supreme Court of Tasmania
Salamanca Place
Hobart
Tasmania 7000
AUSTRALIA
Internet: http://www.courts.tas.gov.au/supreme/

Australian Capital Territory

Records begin in 1911.

Registrar of Probate
Law Courts of the Australian Capital Territory
1st Floor
Knowles Place
Canberra City
Australian Capital Territory 2601
AUSTRALIA
Internet: http://www.courts.act.gov.au/

Northern Territory

Records begin in 1911.

Registrar of Probates
Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
Law Courts Building
Mitchell Street
Darwin
Northern Territory 0800
AUSTRALIA
Internet: http://www.nt.gov.au/ntsc/

 

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