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The Ryerson Index is a free index to death notices appearing in Australian newspapers. The date range covered extends from the Sydney Gazette of 1803 up to newspapers published within the last week or so. The Index also includes many funeral notices, and some probate notices and obituaries.

Because the Index was originally created by the Sydney Dead Persons Society, its strength lies in notices from NSW papers - including in excess of two million notices from the Sydney Morning Herald alone. However, the representation from papers from other states continues to grow, with additional papers being regularly added, so that the Index can now truly be considered an Australian index.

Indexing is being continuously carried out by a team of volunteers, too numerous to mention individually, who give freely of their time to ensure the site continues to grow. Site updates generally occur weekly.

The index itself cannot by definition be considered a primary source of data, but is purely a research aid to direct the researcher to the original source of a notice.

A Special Appeal to
Family and Local History Societies

We always welcome Family History or Local History Societies who are interested in indexing the notices from their local paper. We find members of such societies make excellent indexers, because they know their local area and the names associated with it, and usually have a personal interest in the notices they are indexing.

If your society would like to contribute to Ryerson, please contact us via the link at the left of the screen.

Indexing Vacancies

We currently have the following vacancies for indexers of the capital city dailies:

Adelaide Advertiser - every day!
Melbourne Herald Sun - Wed, Fri.
Perth West Australian - Sat.

If you are able to help out with indexing any of these papers, please contact us.

Please note - for all papers we prefer indexers who have access to the printed paper, as indexing from most newspaper websites can be unreliable.

Melbourne Help Required

We need people with access to The Age back issues on microfilm.

Our source (Google Newspapers) has not filmed every issue, so we have numerous gaps in our pre-1990 indexing. We need people with access to The Age on microfilm to locate the notices for the missing days, save them as .pdf and send them to us. No indexing is required (unless you want to!) - we only need your time spent in a library.

If you can help, please contact us via the link on the left.

News Corp Newspapers

On 16 January 2016, and without any warning to users, News Corp removed all their newspapers from Library PressDisplay (LPD). LPD is the web service whereby NLA and the various State Libraries provide online versions of newspapers via their eResources sites, with up to 12 months of back issues available. Both current editions and all back issues were removed.

The absence of News Corp papers in LPD will make it more difficult for us to keep these papers up to date. We will no longer be able to index the notices from News Corp papers remotely, but will now require local indexers with access to the printed edition. It will take us a while to find and train these indexers, but rest assured we will continue to index all the major Australian papers. Please keep an eye on our "Indexing Vacancies" box below to see how you can help.

If you are as annoyed at News Corp's action as we are, please contact your local News Corp paper and express your disapproval.

Notices Indexed by Decade
(as at 31 December 2015)
Search site last updated
25th June 2016
315 Newspapers
5,551,739 entries
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Can You Help?
Is your local paper currently included in Ryerson? If not, then why not take on the task of indexing the notices for us?

Do you have access to a library or other repository which has microflm copies of newspapers available? We are always in need of people who can copy notices for us to index.

If you can help, please contact us via the link at the left of the screen.

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