In New South Wales, before probates and letters of administration could be executed, a duty had to be paid. The amount of this duty could vary depending on the relationship of the heirs and the value of the estate, and in some cases there were exemptions. Deceased estate files were created for estates upon which a duty was imposed, including documentation and correspondence regarding that estate’s assessment. This collection contains cards that index the estate files for deceased persons in New South Wales, Australia, 1923–1958.
Deceased estate files are held at the Western Sydney Records Centre, 143 O’Connell Street, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia. For more information, see the New South Wales State Records’ Archives in Brief 29.