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How to Locate Australian Wills

How to Locate Australian Wills & Probate Records


Records begin in 1832
The Probate Registry Office holds wills and related documents for South Australia from 1844. Adelaide Proformat offers a fee-based probate record access service.

Probate Registry Office
Supreme Court of South Australia
1 Gouger Street
Adelaide, SA 5000

Records begin in 1824
The Archives Office of Tasmania holds most older records relating to the administration of probate in Tasmania; their Brief Guide 12: Probate includes details on all available records. The Archives Office also has an online index with digitized copies of wills (AD960) and letters of administration (AD961) up to 1989 available for online viewing.

Probate Registry
Supreme Court of Tasmania
Salamanca Place
Hobart, Tasmania 7000

Records begin in 1841
Wills and probate records created in Victoria between 1841 and 1925 have been indexed and digitized and made available online free of charge. Records of wills and probate records up to 1992 will eventually be included in this online index. Probate records after 1925 and up through about the last decade or so can be ordered through the Public Record Office of Victoria.

Public Record Office Victoria
99 Shiel Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051

Generally, wills and probate records created within the past 7 to 10 years can be accessed through the Probate Office of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Registrar of Probates
Supreme Court of Victoria
Level 2: 436 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Records from 1832
Probate records and wills in Western Australia are not generally available online. See Information Sheet: Grants of Probate (Wills) and Letters of Administration from the State Records Office of Western Australia for further information. The State Records Office holds two indexes to wills and letters of administration: 1832-1939 and 1900-1993. Files up to 1947 are available at State Records Office on microfilm for viewing.

State Records Office
Alexander Library Building
James Street West Entrance
Perth Cultural Centre
Perth WA 6000

Most Supreme Court records in Western Australia, including probates, are covered by a 75 year restricted access period to protect the privacy of persons mentioned in the records. Written permission from the Supreme Court is needed before viewing.

Probate Office
14th Floor, 111 Georges Street
Perth WA 6000

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