Biographical Database of Australia

Court Records

 Index :

Bench of Magistrates Cases 1788-1820

Bench of Magistrates Cases 1822-1836

Coroners Inquests Index (NSW & VDL) 1796-1824


The first criminal, civil and magistrates courts in Australia were established at Sydney in 1788. In the early colony magistrates acted as coroners at inquests. The records of these courts, including some minutes of proceedings, are valuable sources of genealogical and historical data. Data extracted from these records will be added to the Database over time.




This general information page has been compiled by Michael Flynn, May 2013.


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