Did your Cairns relative die in Victoria?

Victoria Wills and Probates 1841 to 2009 can be searched online from the Public Records of Victoria website.  Wills from 1841 to 1925 have been digitised and can be viewed and download free of charge.  Copies of later wills can be ordered online.

PROV Index to Wills, Probate & Administration Records 1841-2009

One of the search criteria is residence.  Just for fun, I entered “Cairns”, and to my surprise the search retrieved 42 records.  Two of these records contain a digitised image of the will and probate and more …

willThe first Will viewed was for Alfred Franks, late of Cairns, Queensland, but at time of death, of Carnegie, Victoria.  Alfred died 9th November 1932 leaving a wife and infant children.

The second digitised Will was for Alexander McIntyre, formerly of Geelong in Victoria, but lately of Cairns & District Hospital in Queensland.  He died 28th March 1887.  What a find this administration is for related family. It includes affidavits stating family relationships and a full Queensland death certificate.

Wills of Cairns, Qld residents held by the PROV:

STEAD, Allan; NUTTER, Alwyn Albert; STRINGER, Archie Craven; CARPENTER, Arthur Charles; SALMON, Aubrey Jeffries; YATES, Barbara Julia; YATES, David George; LORBACH, Doreen Margaret; ELLINGWORTH, Ellen Elizabeth; DRAKE Ephraim Hugh, TREADWELL, Gavin Dean; DONOVAN, Herbert Allen; PETERS, Herbert George; LOEVEN, James C. L.; ANDREW, Jessie Amelia; COLLINS, John Thomas; CAMERON, Julie Joy; TRUCANO, Kathleen Mary; BLAMPIED, Lawrence Bernard J.; ELLIS, Marie Winifred; ALEY, Marion Isobel; RULE, Melvyn Lawrence; FRASER, Michael Stanley; STEVENS, Moira Estelle; BELL, Nora Irene; ELLIS, Pierce Graham; MORTON, Raymond William; READ, Lillian Lucille; HILL, Robert G.W.; PEARCE, Ross Harris; BELL, Ruby; WARNER, Sarah Ellen; HANDLEY, Sylvia; CARD, Sylvia Maud; TOOMEY, Thomas; DAVIES, Thomas Edward; BOWEN, William Charles; BOLAND, William P.; HUMPHREYS, William Spencer.

Give it a go – you never know who you will find!



One Response to Did your Cairns relative die in Victoria?

  • PROV digitised wills are such a great resource, and I have found many relatives’ wills on there too – some back into the mid-1800s, others much more recent. There are also many from British people who may have been in Vic and returned to or visited the UK, so look up any family surnames just in case.

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