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How do I find a death notice in Australia?

Fri 19th Mar 2021

You can find a death notice in Australia in print and online.
You can find a death notice in Australia in print and online.

There are several, simple ways of finding death notices in Australia. My Tributes is Australia's most trusted destination to find funeral and death notices, obituaries and more that date back to 1991 for free. You can quickly find death notices both online and in print by name, location or classification. If you need more information on how to search for death notices in Australia, you can follow these simple steps to find what you're looking for.

Find notices in the newspaper

You can still find local, recent death notices in your local newspaper. If the family of the deceased has chosen to do so, a death notice can publish in the newspaper of their choice. If your local community newspaper no longer prints, you can find your local death notices in the metropolitan state newspaper. You can find each day's death notices curated in the My Tributes section of most News Corp Australia newspapers.

View notices online

Every death notice that appears in the newspaper also lives on mytributes.com.au. If you want to view all My Tributes death notices for free:

Go to mytributes.com.au and select "Death Notices". This will take you to a list of all current death notices, sorted by date.

If you wish to view all death and funeral notices in your area:

Go to mytributes.com.au, and in the search bar, select your location from the drop-down menu. If you wish to only view death or funeral notices, you can select a category here too. When you press "go", you will be taken to a list of all current notices in your area, sorted by date. Alternatively, you can still find local death and funeral notices in your local newspaper. If your local newspaper has ceased publication, you can still find death and funeral notices in your state newspaper. Online, through your state or local newspaper website, you can view death and funeral notices in your area for free by selecting the "Tributes" tab.

If you wish to find a specific death notice:

Go to mytributes.com.au, and in the search bar, type in the surname of the person who has passed away. You are also able to narrow your search down by location by selecting the location from the drop-down menu. When you press "go", you will be taken to a list of all current notices with that surname, sorted by date.

Find historical notices online

My Tributes' archive of death, funeral and tribute notices dates back to 1991 that you can view for free. After you use the search methods above, you can find a button next to "go" with three lines. This button will allow you to add filters, allowing you to search within the date range of your choosing.

To find more historical notices, there are many family-tree tracing services available that have a range of historical notices on file in order to help trace back family lineages. State Governments also have access to historical records that can be accessed in person or online either through State or National libraries or through your State Government's website. You can also find historical notices archived in the Ryerson Index online.

If you can't find a death or funeral notice for a recently deceased person, you can find more information on why that might be the case here.

To place a death or funeral notice, visit mytributes.com.au and click "Place a notice" to get started.