Free Australian Death Notices – Ryerson Index

September 5, 2010 · Filed Under Family Search 


In Australia there are a number of free Australian death notices websites and without doubt one of the best Australian death notices sites is the Ryerson Index.

The Ryerson Index is an index to death notices appearing in current Australian newspapers. It also includes some funeral notices, probate notices and obituaries. While not all Australian death notices are listed, the Ryerson Index contains over 2,596,891 entries from 178 newspapers (at time of posting) and the indexing is being continuously carried out by a team of volunteers.

One of the advantages of the Ryerson Index compared to some of the other Australian death notices websites is that it contains records going back to the mid 1800′s. Other Australian death notices sites like, and records are obtained from funeral directors or though contributions by members of the public which limits their content.

The Ryerson Index can be searched in two ways: by name, or by location and once the search is complete it lists the Surname, given name, date of death, age, location, which publication it was printed in and the published date.

Once you have found the death notice you are after, you can receive a photocopy of the death notice by using the Ryerson Index free lookup service. Again this is a volunteer project and don’t expect too much as not all decades are available for lookup.

If you cannot get a copy of a Australian death notices using the Ryerson Index free lookup service, try the Australian newspaper archives website or visit your local library and they might have copies of your State’s papers on microfiche.



5 Responses to “Free Australian Death Notices – Ryerson Index”

  1. jj-momscashblog on September 7th, 2010 5:18 am

    That is a unique system that Australia has to find death notices. Here we have the newspaper of course that a lot of the older people I’ve noticed will check out the obits every morning.I wonder if it’s a cultural thing or if people from all over look at the obits every morning? This is a great option for those who are looking for the older obits that go way back in tandem with doing a genealogy search or history. jj


  2. Betty FitzGerald on February 2nd, 2011 3:55 am

    searching for Death notice of Graham Francis QUIN died 23 Jan 1994 0r 1995,in Melbourne (Heidelberg) Victoria. Can you help,please?


  3. mas raden on February 2nd, 2011 12:15 pm

    very good post, thanks for sharing

    greeting from mas raden


  4. Algy Rudzevecuis (Rudzevicius) on March 15th, 2015 1:58 am

    Hello: My name is Algis – “Algy” (Juzoas) Rudzevicius, from Napier in New Zealand.

    We – myself, my family in Australia – brother and sister in Melbourne and Newcastle, respectively, are seeking information if possible about mum, who died in Melbourne in 1965, aged 54. Her name? was Agota Pinkeviciute (maiden name) and her birth date was possibly April 1911. She was a naturalised Australian citizen, but was iliterate, so the family spelling could possibly be Rudzevecuis, which we have gone by all these years.

    Evidently a lot of information was lost during the war, so neither Elena nor Antanas, do not have birth certificates which they would like at their late stage in life. I am a halfbrother to them and their father’s name was Pius; while mine was Bejos. The family split with Antose and Albinas going to the United States, where they both died. Agota, Algis, Antanas and Elena came to Sydney where Elena stayed and we moved to Melbourne.

    Please, if you can, help me find out more or even a contact that I can email or talk to on the phone. The most important thing, I suppose would be to get Mum’s Death Certificate to find out when, where as well as birth place and other relations.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and hope it is fruitful for our family.

    Kindest Regards: Algy


  5. susan sharman on April 18th, 2015 6:02 am

    I am after a Gladys Cooke (as she was known) when she came to Australia her husband George returned to the UK–she remained in Aust….had remarried new name not known passed away in June 1986 & lived in the Whalan,Mt Druitt, & Eastern Creek area.I know I’m grasping at straws—but can you help please.Gladys is my aunty
    This Ryerson is a wonderful website
    Susan Sharman


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