Journal article

Untimely ends: place, kin and culture in coronial inquests

Andrew May, Helen Morgan, Nicole Davis, Sue Silberberg, Roland Wettenhall

Provenance: The journal of Public Record Office Victoria | Public Record Office Victoria | Published : 2020

Abstract

This article explores the utility of using the rich holdings of coronial inquests in the collection of Public Record Office Victoria as fertile sources for exploring histories of place, kin and culture. It suggests ways in which the minutiae of everyday life contained in inquest deposition files provide a unique source enabling the historian to tell stories about ways of life as much as the circumstances of death. Coronial inquiries were established in the British legal tradition, with hotels playing an important early role in both the housing of dead bodies and the holding of inquests. The article further explores a range of examples under the themes of work, place, family and race to analy..

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