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How to locate AUS Wills

Australian Capital Territory

Supreme Court Registry
4 Knowles Place
Canberra ACT 2601

Indexes—not published
Wills—application has to be made with SSAE and reply will advise availability and request fee.
New South Wales Principal Registrar [Probate Division]
Supreme Court of New South Wales
GPO Box 3
Sydney NSW 2001
Indexes—published 1800-1985. Series 1, 2, 3 and some Series 4 are available online.
Wills—application requires details from the published indexes.
Fees vary according to the following classifications and are available on application.
• 1800-1849 [Series 1 nos1-1792]
• 1850-1985 [Series 1 no 1793 to Series 5 no 25623]
• 1986-on [Series 1 Nos 1-1792, Series 2, Series 3 - certified copies]
• 1986-on [Series 4 up to no 152149 - certified copies]
• 1986-on [Series 4 nos 152149 onwards, Series 5 - certified copies] Download application form.
• Genealogical inspection
Wills 1817 to the mid 1960s are available from the State Records Authority of NSW
Norfolk Island The Curator of Estates of Deceased Persons
Administration Offices
Kingston
Norfolk Island 2899
Indexes—not published
Wills—application has to be made with SSAE and reply will advise availability and request fee
Northern Territory Registrar of Probates
Law Courts Building
Mitchell Street
Darwin NT 0800
Indexes—published 1885-1941
Wills—application has to be made with SSAE and reply will advise availability and request fee.
Queensland The Registrar
Supreme Court of Queensland [Southern]
George Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

The Registrar
Supreme Court of Queensland [Northern]
Walker Street
Townsville QLD 4810

The Registrar
Supreme Court of Queensland [Central]
East Street
Rockhampton QLD 4700
Indexes—published 1857-1900 (to 1915 for Southern); also available at QLD State Archives and online. Users can download an information sheet.

The Supreme Court also maintains an online searchable database as follows:
• Brisbane from 1 Jan 1992
• Cairns & Rockhampton from 1 Jul 2002
• Townsville from 1 Nov 1996
• Maroochydore and Southport from 1 Oct 2003

Wills
—After 1970: application has to be made with SSAE and reply will advise availability and request fee. Before 1970 applicant or agent will need to attend the State Archive Office at 435 Compton Road Runcorn QLD 4113.
South Australia Probate Registry
Supreme Court of South Australia
301 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Indexes—published in fiche form to 1995 but reproduction is quite poor
Wills —application has to be made with SSAE and reply will advise availability and request fee payment.
You can access South Australian Wills from Adelaide Proformat
Tasmania Probate Registry Supreme Court of Tasmania
Salamanca Place
Hobart TAS 7000
Indexes—searchable online
Wills application has to be made with SSAE envelope and reply will advise availability and request fee.
Victoria

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

Public Record Office Victoria
99 Shiel Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051

Indexes—published 1841-1925. Progressively being made available online. 1926–1992 available on fiche only.
Wills—application requires details from the indexes pre1960 Wills and Probates are available from the PROV. Searches—application has to be made with SSAE and reply will advise cost for the particular documents. You can also order online once you have the reference number from the index.
Western Australia Probate Office
14th floor 111 Georges Street
Perth WA 6000
Indexes—not published; fiche 1832-ca1939 at Battye Library, State Records Office & WAGS; 1900-1993 State Records Office. To see the series available check the online catalogue by entering 'probate' into the simple search facility. State Records are working towards an online index.
Wills—application has to be made with SSAE and reply will advise availability and request a search fee. [Telephone 08 9421 5152 for the current search fee to speed up the process.] On payment of the search fee you will be advised of the copying costs.

Published means available for sale although purchase may be restricted to institutions.

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