Dictionary of Sydney

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NSW State Coroner's Court and Morgue, Glebe

Court complex at 44–46 Parramatta Road, Glebe that functioned as the centre of coronial justice in New South Wales for 48 years. The building housed two coroner’s courts, and offices, on the top floor, and the morgue, cool room and laboratory on the ground floor. The Department of Forensic Medicine was also housed in the building after 1971. In 2018 the Coroner and the Department of Forensic Medicine both moved to new purpose built premises at Lidcombe.

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1967 - 1971
20 Aug 1971
2020 - 2021
1968 - 1971
On site of
Occupied by
Aug 1971 - 1991
Occupied by
1991 - 2001
Occupied by
2001 - 2019

Glebe Coroner's Court


The former NSW State Coroner’s Court and Morgue building on Parramatta Road, Glebe, functioned as the centre of coronial justice in the state for 48 years, and tens of thousands of Sydney’s unexplained deaths, accidents, fires, explosions and missing persons were investigated there. The building housing two coroner’s courts and offices on the top floor and the morgue, refrigeration room and laboratory on the bottom floor, and from 1971  the Department of Forensic Medicine since 1971. In December 2018 it was replaced by a new facility in Lidcombe.

Eastern seaboard bushfires 1994


The bushfire season of 1994 was one of the worst in the history of New South Wales. Eight hundred blazes torched over 800,000 hectares of bushland from Batemans Bay to the Queensland border, with mass evacuations occurring in populated areas up and down the state. Three volunteer firefighters and one civilian lost their lives during the fires.